Exploring Ceramic Braces

Orthodontists now offer a number of different types of braces to fix crooked teeth, misaligned teeth, and overcrowded teeth. Your dentist may recommend certain types of braces based upon how much the braces cost, how effectively they will treat your problems, and how well they’ll fit in with your lifestyle. Ceramic braces are a great option for adults and teens, as they can be transparent or created to match the color of your teeth, making it almost impossible to detect that you’re wearing braces at all. If you’re interested in braces in Annapolis, ask your orthodontist about ceramic braces.

ceramic braces annapolis Advantages of Ceramic Braces
While both traditional metal braces and ceramic braces have their advantages and disadvantages, ceramic braces are typically more popular due to their cosmetic appeal—ceramic braces are less noticeable and more natural looking than metal braces. Additionally, the ceramic brackets used with these braces are stain-resistant, which makes the braces easier to care for, and the wires connecting the brackets are clear or tooth-colored as well. Ceramic braces align your teeth using the same method as traditional metal braces, though they are sometimes more expensive.

Types of Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces can be transparent, or they can match the natural color of your teeth. As with traditional metal braces, ceramic braces will have an archwire that runs across the ceramic brackets, and is held in place with rubber bands. Your archwire can also be clear or tooth-colored, and you can opt for clear rubber bands. Your orthodontist will help you choose between clear braces and tooth-colored braces. This decision will depend upon the natural color of your teeth and which type of braces will blend in with your teeth the best.

Materials Used to Make Ceramic Braces
In general, ceramic braces are made out of a compound of either polycrystalline or monocrystalline alumina. Brackets made out of monocrystalline alumina are more transparent and clear. Brackets made out of polycrystalline look whiter or more tooth-colored. These compounds are used because they are strong, durable, and non-porous.

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