If you’re looking to improve the look and feel of your smile, ceramic braces could be the perfect solution. A strong and discreet treatment, these braces have continued to increase in popularity when it comes to rectifying a whole host of common dental problems.
For example, if your teeth are crooked, bucked or crowded, or if you have a narrow smile, prominent canines or gaps between your teeth, ceramic braces can help to dramatically improve your smile!
But above all, nobody should have to feel like they need to conceal their smile, especially as it’s one of your most attractive assets. So, if you’re teeth are making you miserable and you’re looking to invest in your smile, we’ve created a guide outlining everything you need to know about this treatment option. We hope you find it helpful!
What are the advantages of ceramic braces over other types of braces?
One of the main advantages of ceramic braces is that they are less visible than metal braces. As a result, they tend to be more popular with adults who are looking to improve the look and feel of their smile, in a discreet manner.
Another advantage is that they are far easier to adjust than lingual braces, which can make the overall treatment time shorter and most importantly, unlike clear aligners such as Invisalign, you don’t need to worry about taking them out!
How long will my treatment take?
The length of your treatment will take will vary based on the severity of your case, which is assessed on an individual basis. Generally speaking, minor cases can take as little as 6 months to rectify however, more complex cases can take between 18-24 months – sometimes longer in extreme cases.
How discreet are ceramic braces?
You’ll find that the majority of ceramic braces will blend in well with most teeth, however it’s worthwhile remembering that, although the bracket part of the appliance is made of translucent ceramic, there is still a need for a metal wire to hold the brace in place. You can get metal wires coated in white resin or plastic, however these are prone to chipping, exposing the metal underneath.
The ligatures (tiny rubber bands), which hold the arch wire onto the ceramic brackets, are also prone to staining, especially if you eat a lot of curry, smoke, or drink a lot of black coffee of red wine! Therefore, although these braces are a great discreet solution, they are not completely invisible.
Will the treatment be painful?
With many cosmetic dentistry procedures, you should expect some element of discomfort. Although you will not need any injections when getting your appliance fitted, you may start to feel some pressure and discomfort on your teeth after your braces have been fitted. The good news is that this discomfort is only temporary and should only last a few days after your braces have been fitted.
Will I be able to eat and drink anything I want during my treatment?
To avoid damaging your braces, it is recommended that you avoid certain foods and drinks. Foods that you should avoid due to their chewy consistency include caramel and sweets, as well as foods that have a crunchy consistency, such as corn on the cob, apples, hard sweets, and nuts.
Will ceramic braces affect my speech?
It’s not uncommon to experience some level of difficulty with speech once your appliance has been fitted, but generally to a lesser degree than you’d expect to have with lingual braces or clear aligners. The vast majority of patients report experiencing a slight lisp, but this is usually only temporary and will go away within a week or two. Of course, some patients don’t experience any difficulties at all.
Are ceramic braces difficult to clean?
Until you get used to your braces being there, you will find that it will take a little longer to clean your teeth because food can become lodged around the brackets, making it difficult to remove. You may also find that you have to brush your teeth far more frequently, in some cases after every meal. To make the process a whole lot easier, you might even want to consider investing in an electric toothbrush and water picks.
How often will I need to visit the clinic during my treatment?
Once your braces have been placed onto your teeth, you will need to visit your dentist every month or so for your braces to be adjusted.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Generally speaking, ceramic braces are suitable for the majority of people, however prior to any treatment, your dentist will carry out a thorough assessment in order to determine whether or not this is the right option for you.