Types of Braces: Ceramic Braces

Dec 01, 2018

Dr. Daniel Varallo and the team of oral healthcare professionals at Varallo Orthodontics, located near in the 01803 area code in Massachusetts, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the available choices of braces.  The subject of this blog is ceramic braces.

Ceramic vs. Metal

Ceramic braces, sometimes known as clear braces, were introduced to the orthodontic practice in the 1980’s.  This method resulted from researchers wanting an option for orthodontic patients needing braces as effective, but less noticeable, as metal braces.

For adults, the choice between ceramic or metal braces is personal.  For clarification, ceramic braces are not invisible; ceramic braces are less noticeable.

Maintaining Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are recommended for adults and older teens.  Although the results are the same, there is an elevated level of care with ceramic braces that is not conducive to children and pre-teens.  Patients with ceramic braces must be willing to make certain lifestyle changes and adhere to a regimental cleaning process.

As with metal braces, regular and consistent oral hygiene must be maintained.  However, keeping ceramic braces clean is more cumbersome.  These braces, like your teeth, can be stained by drinking coffee, tea and other dark liquids.

Patients with metal braces need to clean their teeth.  Patients with ceramic braces need to both their teeth and their braces.  Ceramic braces become more noticeable when they are stained.

Are Ceramic Braces Worth It?

Patients have the choice between ceramic or metal braces when they are not candidates for the clear, removable straightening trays.  Ceramic braces may be the choice for you if you want to maintain a professional and natural appearance during the orthodontic process.  If you can commit yourself to a more rigorous cleaning process, and remain cognizant of the restricted foods, then this treatment choice will be best for you.

Because ceramic braces are newer to the orthodontic practice, they can be more expensive.  A patient must balance cost, lifestyle and preference when considering ceramic braces.

Dr. Varallo and his dedicated team at Varallo Orthodontics, with offices near you in Arlington and Burlington, Massachusetts, are trusted and highly recommended in providing its patients with specialized orthodontic treatment and care.

Please contact Varallo Orthodontics today for a free consultation on clear braces and the best orthodontic treatment for you.