Ceramic braces are an innovative and effective alternative to traditional metal braces. The ceramic brackets feature clear materials that blend in with the teeth to help maintain a bright, healthy smile through the treatment period – And beyond. Patients can select this option to relieve cosmetic concerns that often come up with metal braces. Before selecting ceramic braces, patients can learn all about this option to go into the teeth straightening process with confidence.
Ceramic Braces Differences
Metal and ceramic braces share the same size, shape and placement location on the teeth, but that is where the similarities end. For ceramic braces, the brackets and even the wires are made out of clear materials that allow the natural tones of the teeth to stand out. In this respect, ceramic braces are much like invisible alignment trays, due to their ability to let the natural smile shine through. Overall, ceramic braces function just like metal braces do, but without the obvious appearance of the traditional teeth straightening components.
Advantages of Ceramic Braces
Patients tend to choose ceramic braces for the quick treatment time, similar to the timeline used for metal braces, and low impact on their daily appearance. The clear brackets and wires easily withstand the stress put upon them during tightening appointments, allowing patients to move forward with the treatment process without worry about setbacks. The ceramic brackets and clear wires often feel smoother and less irritating than the metal alternatives, though some discomfort may occur at first.
Treatment and Recovery Expectations
The orthodontist always leads patients through the ceramic braces placement process, from start to finish. Patients can expect to attend a consultation appointment to confirm eligibility for the ceramic braces. Upon moving forward with the placement process, the orthodontist precisely attaches ceramic braces to the teeth with bonding glue. The placement and tightening of the archwire completes the placement appointment.
Any discomfort experienced from the placement of the ceramic braces will likely dissipate within 48 hours. Eating soft foods and using over-the-counter pain relievers can ease the initial discomfort. Mouth sores commonly develop as the oral tissues adjust to the feeling of the brackets and wires. Numbing gel and warm salt water rinses can relieve discomfort and help the sores heal fast. Patients often need to avoid acidic food and drinks to prevent irritation from these substances.
Patients need to follow their normal at-home oral care routine to keep the ceramic braces looking and feeling their best throughout the treatment period. Skipping brushing or flossing sessions could leave the clear brackets with stains or even allow cavities to form along the exposed tooth surfaces.
Schedule Your Ceramic Braces Consultation Today
If you would like to discuss the use of ceramic braces to straighten your teeth, schedule an appointment at Nia Pediatric Dentistry by calling 770-479-9999. Our team will assess your eligibility for this procedure and fully discuss the teeth straightening options available to you. We look forward to providing you with the best quality orthodontist care and support. Give us a call today.