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Ceramic Braces

What Are Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic Dental Braces are a type of fixed Brace for the teeth. They include brackets made of transparent or nearly-transparent ceramic material. This transparency allows the natural colour of the teeth to be visible. Alternatively, the brackets can be made of tooth-coloured ceramic, blending in well with the natural colour of the patient’s teeth.

When a patient requires fixed Braces to position the teeth very precisely, ceramic Braces work well because they are less visible than are fixed Braces made of wire. Ceramic Braces can even be combined with clear or off-white wires, helping to achieve a discreet look that is as invisible as possible.

What Orthodontic Problems Can Be Treated with Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic Braces are appropriate for all types of orthodontic work, including procedures that are normally addressed by the more common fixed Braces. They are excellent for correcting unwanted gaps between teeth, rotated or protruding teeth, and teeth that are overcrowded. In addition, problems with the bite (overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites) can be addressed by this technology.

What Are the Benefits of Choosing Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic Braces are not as visible as are other types of fixed Braces, and the ceramic material is not subject to staining or colour change. This cosmetic appeal is their main benefit, and results are not sacrificed.

What Are the Disadvantages of Choosing Ceramic Braces?

The main disadvantage of Ceramic Braces is their cost. Ceramic Braces are less economical than are metal Braces. In addition, the tooth-coloured wires that are used with some Ceramic Braces can become discoloured. This should not be a significant problem, however, since the wires are replaced on a regular basis throughout treatment. Finally, Ceramic Braces might not be the optimal choice for straightening lower teeth since a deep bite could cause the Ceramic Braces on lower teeth to damage other teeth.

What Is the Step-By-Step Process for Having Ceramic Braces?

Your first step in obtaining Ceramic Braces is to visit us and discuss your needs with a dentist at Pear Tree Dental Practice. You will have an examination and we can determine if ceramic Braces are appropriate for you.

After that, you will be referred to an orthodontist who will take some impressions of your teeth.

Your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned before your orthodontist fits your Braces.

First, the brackets are glued firmly onto your teeth in the appropriate positions. Then the wires, along with elastics or ties, will be attached and adjusted.

Your orthodontist will periodically meet with you to tighten and adjust your Braces and to track your progress.

Once your teeth are aligned correctly, your Braces are removed. You will then be given a custom-fitted retainer to wear regularly to ensure your teeth do not drift back toward their former positions.

Will It Hurt?

Some discomfort right after your Braces have been fitted is to be expected, since the Braces will be applying gentle pressure to your teeth and roots, causing them to shift. If you are feeling too much discomfort, contact your orthodontist so an adjustment can be made. Each time your wires are adjusted, you may experience initial mild discomfort. However, most discomfort is mild enough to be treatable with over-the-counter medication.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

This is a question that only your orthodontist can answer accurately because each patient responds differently. In most cases, treatment is finished within one to two years. Occasionally, three years of treatment are necessary.

What About Eating, Drinking, and Cleaning my Teeth?

It will be important to clean your teeth after every meal using special orthodontic brushes. You should make sure to spend extra time cleaning since you will need to carefully clean food particles from around brackets and wires. A water flosser may be helpful. Your orthodontist should provide you with complete eating and cleaning instructions. Let your orthodontist know if you have any questions.

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