Ceramic braces are what most people think of as “clear braces.”They function the same way as traditional metal braces, but offer a cosmetic alternative to the metal.

How Do They Work?

Ceramic braces have clear brackets. Clear or white elastic ties are used on these braces to make them even less noticeable. These clear braces are made of ceramics, a material similar to glass. Like glass, they are more brittle and can break more easily than metal braces. Some orthodontists will put ceramic braces on the top teeth and traditional metal braces on the bottom teeth to prevent breakage when biting down.

You don’t have to worry about the brackets used on these braces staining, although the elastic ties do. However, this is generally only a major concern if you smoke, eat lots of curry, or drink black coffee. The good thing is that you get new elastics each time you have a check-up, which is about once a month.

Who is Eligible for Ceramic Braces?

Although kids and teens may be eligible for ceramic braces, because they are less durable and usually more expensive than traditional braces, they are usually a better choice for adults.

Why Choose Ceramic Braces?

These braces are popular for some of the same reasons as Invisalign braces; they seem more like “invisible braces.” However, unlike Invisalign, where patients need to come in every two weeks — the maintenance on these braces is more similar to traditional braces with appointments every four to six weeks.

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