Metal Braces vs. Clear Ceramic Braces

Metal braces and ceramic braces Carmel IN orthodontists

No matter the type, braces from our Carmel, IN, orthodontists are designed to straighten teeth and ultimately, improve oral health. Still, they’ll be on your teeth for a while so it’s important that you are comfortable with how they look.

Your personal preferences and lifestyle will also affect whether you choose clear ceramic braces or metal braces.

Here’s how the two types of braces stack up against one another.

Ideal Candidates for Either Option

If you’re in a profession where you’re constantly meeting with people or performing in front of them, you may have cosmetic concerns with regards to orthodontic treatment. We get it, visible metal on your teeth can make you feel self-conscious. For this reason, our orthodontists may suggest you go with ceramic braces.

Because they consist of clear brackets and if desired, clear archwires, ceramic braces are not immediately noticeable. Their nearly invisible appearance allows them to blend in with your teeth and not stand out. Dr. Davila and Dr. Hani have recommended ceramic braces to plenty of teen and adult orthodontic patients.

Traditional metal braces, on the other hand, are the classic option that most individuals end up choosing. They’re trusted by orthodontists everywhere, including ours, and are great for children, teens, and adults. Of course, metal braces are more visible so that’s something to keep in mind when pondering your decision.

Consider These Key Benefits

If you’re anything like the majority of orthodontic patients, you’ll be wearing braces for an average of 1-3 years. So, we want to make sure you not only like the look of the braces you have, but that they are built to cater to your specific dental needs.

Ceramic braces are made from a clear material called polycrystalline alumina. This type of ceramic is durable and made to last throughout your treatment. Unlike stainless steel, brackets consisting of this material are much better suited for patients with a nickel allergy or sensitivity.

A few other benefits of ceramic braces include:

  • A toned down look
  • Clear or tooth-colored components closely match your natural enamel
  • Same effective and proven orthodontic technology as traditional braces
  • Discreet option for those with severe cases of malocclusion who don’t otherwise qualify for Invisalign® clear aligners
  • Reduced chance of imaging (MRI) scan interference

On the other side of things are metal braces. The medical-grade steel used for the brackets and wires, like the polycrystalline alumina, is strong but can withstand even more force. The components also do not have the potential to stain like those used for ceramic braces.

Other advantages of metal braces include:

  • More robust metal is used which reduces the likelihood of breakage
  • Darker materials used for components is less likely to become discolored
  • Ability to customize colors of ligature elastics if desired
  • Tend to be the more affordable option
  • Well suited to correct dental issues that range in severity

A Straighter Smile Starts Today

If you’re unsure about what to choose, our orthodontists in Carmel, IN, can speak with you further to determine which type of braces is best. At the end of the day, we want you to have a healthier smile that you can enjoy for years to come. Call WestClay Orthodontics today at (317) 593-1400 to request an appointment.