Metal and Ceramic Braces – Which is the Better Choice?

unnamed (25)It’s a safe bet that practically every child is going to need braces at some point in their life. While most patients will not have much of a choice if they want to have a beautiful smile and straighter teeth, they will be able to choose the type of braces they want to wear.  Today we’ll discuss two options – metal and ceramic braces.

Sure, there are a variety of different types of braces available, but metal and ceramic braces are easily the two most popular options. While both of these choices will deliver the same great smile, they still both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Metal Braces: Metal braces have been used to fix crooked teeth for decades and they feature metal brackets and wires. And while metal braces have progressed over the years to reduce treatment time, they are still quite noticeable in the mouth.

But this is virtually the only negative aspect of metal braces. If you are not concerned with the look and appearance of your braces, then you simply can’t go wrong with these traditional metal braces.

A lot of younger people no longer care so much about the appearance of metal braces because it is seen as a rite of passage for most teenagers. However, metal braces may not be the right option if someone is overly concerned about their appearance.

The children who do not worry about the appearance of metal braces love that they can choose from a variety of colors for the brackets and bands. Many see this as a great way to express their fun and colorful style.

Ceramic Braces:  When comparing metal and ceramic braces, ceramic ones work exactly like the traditional metal braces, so you know you are guaranteed to get a beautiful smile in a short period of time. The key difference between them is that the brackets and wires used on ceramic braces are clear.

Because they match the color of the teeth, they are nearly invisible in the mouth. Anyone that is dreading fixing their dental problems because of the appearance of braces should consider getting ceramic braces, as they will be able to laugh and smile with confidence.

The only drawback to ceramic braces is that they require a strict cleaning regimen to keep the clear ceramic clean. The brackets on ceramic braces have a propensity to stain very easily, so wearers have to be extremely thorough when cleaning them.

Stains on ceramic braces are particularly noticeable, so one stain will stick out and reveal the braces. Since most patients choose ceramic braces because of their clear appearance, it’s important to prevent them from getting stained due to improper cleaning.

Both metal and ceramic braces are very effective in providing the patient with a beautiful, bright smile. The best way to determine which type of treatment is right for you is by scheduling a consultation so our team of professionals will help you make an informed decision about which type of braces are right for your orthodontic correction. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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