What to Know Before Getting Clear Ceramic Braces

Clear ceramic braces Carmel IN orthodontists

Ceramic braces give patients a toned down approach to orthodontics courtesy of clear, tooth-colored brackets and a less obvious shade of wire. Despite their different appearance, our Carmel, IN, orthodontists can use ceramic braces to fix many of the same issues that traditional metal braces are designed to correct.

Here are the top benefits of clear ceramic braces plus what you should keep in mind after you’ve chosen them as your form of treatment.

Ceramic Braces Benefits

There are several advantages to choosing ceramic braces. One of which is their low visibility. Instead of being made from stainless steel like standard braces, the brackets used for clear ceramic braces are made of polycrystalline alumina. This material is what helps the braces match your natural enamel shade.

Patients also enjoy that ceramic braces:

  • Move teeth at a slightly faster rate than Invisalign® aligners
  • Effectively treat a range of mild to severe bite issues
  • Are ideal for adult orthodontic patients or those in highly visible professions who may feel self-conscious with metal braces

What Can Ceramic Braces Correct?

While metal braces remain the most durable option, ceramic braces don’t hold back when it comes to what they can fix. Improvements have also been made to ceramic braces since their introduction to allow for enhanced efficiency and greater patient comfort.

If you’re unsure of whether this option is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask our orthodontists. They’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Misalignment issues fixable with ceramic braces include:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Open bites
  • Crossbites
  • General overcrowding
  • Gaps or spaces in between teeth

Once improved alignment has been achieved, you will have a reduced risk of developing cavities or gum disease. Of course, daily oral hygiene will still need to be performed if you want to fully prevent either. In addition, you should find that chewing is much easier than it was with overlapped or crowded teeth.

What to Remember When Choosing Ceramic Braces

As with any type of braces, care should be taken throughout treatment. That means avoiding crunchy, sticky, or overly chewy foods until after your braces are removed. Examples include caramel, corn on the cob, and popcorn to name a few. Refraining from eating foods of this kind will save your brackets from unnecessary damage.

It’s also important to keep your ceramic braces clean. Our orthodontists recommend that you gently brush your teeth at least 2 times a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste. Brushing and flossing regularly after meals will help to remove plaque and prevent the clear bands around your ceramic brackets from staining.

Other ways to prevent stains include:

  • Avoiding smoking
  • Steering clear or limiting your consumption of dark colored foods and drinks if possible (coffee, tea, red wine, and tomato sauce)
  • Visiting your general dentist regularly for teeth cleanings and exams

We Can Help You Transform Your Smile

Want the effectiveness of traditional metal braces but with a more low-key appearance? Our orthodontists serving Carmel, IN, and Greater Indianapolis offer clear ceramic braces for patients looking to begin orthodontic treatment. Get started by calling WestClay Orthodontics today at (317) 593-1400 or request an appointment online.