Braces are generally considered the purview of youth, not so much something for adults. Still, braces have become a more common thing for adults to experience than before. That can be tough for some people who need braces to deal with, since having a mouthful of metal doesn’t exactly fit with many people’s vision of a professional adult. That’s where ceramic braces come in.
The most obvious pro of ceramic braces is that they have a more subtle look to them than the traditional metal braces. This can be great for people who feel self conscious about having braces. That isn’t the only benefit they offer though. Ceramic braces are able to address malocclusions that clear aligners aren’t really able to tackle.
Despite the pros of ceramic braces, there are also some cons. They tend to be larger than metal braces, which can lead to more mouth irritation. Additionally, ceramic braces move teeth more slowly than metal braces. This is in part because they are also more fragile, so the alignment process sometimes needs to proceed at a slower pace. While they do offer a more subtle look, ceramic braces are also more prone to discoloration, especially when it comes to the elastic ties.
Taking good care of your teeth and braces is a must, regardless of what sort you use. In order to preserve the look of ceramic braces, make sure you brush and floss after every meal. Avoid foods and drinks that will stain. Condiments like ketchup and mustard, as well as things like tomatoes, coffee, soda, wine, and tea can all stain your teeth and braces. It may sound a bit counterintuitive, but avoid using whitening toothpastes as well. You don’t want to whiten the parts of your teeth that aren’t covered by braces only to find that the parts that were covered are now a different color. See your orthodontist regularly as well. They can replace stained ties and brackets as needed.
Ceramic braces can be a great option for people who need braces but also need a more subtle appearance. Before you get set on the idea of getting ceramic braces, make sure that it’s actually something that will work well for you. Consider the pros and cons. If you decide that ceramic braces are right for you, make sure you know how to care for them as well. That will help you get the best results from your braces for your teeth.
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