Clear Braces for Teens: The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Braces

If you are in need of orthodontic treatment then you may be overwhelmed with the number of options available. Today, our Okotoks orthodontists talk about the different types of orthodontic options and offer some of the pros and cons of clear ceramic braces.

What are the different options for orthodontic treatment?

If you have uneven teeth or need to realign your teeth then your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment using braces. These days many teenagers opt for more discreet options compared to traditional metal braces.

The traditional metal braces, which include metal wires and brackets, will be quite visible no matter what you do with your mouth. Ceramic braces, on the other hand, are less apparent than metal braces because they blend in with the colour of your natural teeth, which can allow them to blend in.

A form of ceramic braces, clear braces are used to move the teeth into their new positions by using brackets and wires to shift the teeth. Clear ceramic braces are distinct from Invisalign Teen clear aligners, which are transparent, removable, and custom-made orthodontic devices that are similar in appearance to clear ceramic braces.

What should you consider before committing to braces?

Before you commit to any type of braces then you may want to consider a few important details such as durability and cost.

Are they durable?

When it comes to metal braces, many dentists recommend this traditional orthodontic option based on how durable they are. Ceramic braces are strong and long-lasting, but they can chip or break if you participate in sports or engage in activities that have a negative influence on your jaw or mouth or are more likely to cause injury. If you need to have ceramic braces repaired it can be quite costly.

Do you have sensitive teeth and gums?

While ceramic braces can be more discreet, the brackets on them are actually larger. This means that some patients may experience moderate irritation of their inside lips as a result of the ceramic substance. Although the difference should be negligible, it is important to bear it in mind if you have a sensitive oral cavity.

What are the associated costs?

Traditional metal braces are the typical choice as they typically provide a high success rate along with being the most cost-effective option. Ceramic braces are usually a little more expensive than traditional braces, and certain insurance policies may not cover the additional expense, so it is advisable to verify with your insurance carrier before proceeding.

Will you need to change your diet?

Patients wearing metal braces or clear ceramic braces should avoid meals that might cause the metal to shift out of place and cause damage to the wires or brackets. Candy, caramel, apples, and popcorn are examples of such foods, although they are not restricted to them.

Additionally, some foods and beverages (such as coffee, tea, cola, and tomato sauce) can stain and discolour the transparent ceramic brackets in the clear ceramic braces.

How will you need to care for your new braces?

When wearing classic metal or clear ceramic braces, food and plaque can quickly become entangled in the wires and brackets, causing them to become unusable. As a result, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene habits on a regular basis and to floss after meals in order to keep your mouth clean.

Would you like to learn more about the different types of orthodontic treatment options? Contact our Okotoks offices today with any questions you have or to request a consultation.

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