There are lots of options available when it comes to braces – how will you know what’s right for you? Let’s talk about two different types of braces.

What Are Metal Braces?

The first and more traditional option is metal braces. With metal braces, brackets are placed onto teeth with adjustable wires to help correct and align the smile.

What Are Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces are also known as clear braces. With ceramic braces, clear brackets are placed onto teeth with wires that help straighten the smile.

So, what are the differences, advantages and disadvantages of metal braces and ceramic braces?

What Are the Differences?

The most significant difference between the two options is the visibility factor. Ceramic braces are made of translucent material which can be more aesthetically pleasing. Ceramic braces are popular among adults since it can help maintain confidence without having a mouth full of metal.

How Do They Compare?

Metal braces are more durable than ceramic braces since they are made of steel. However, ceramic braces require more caution and care since they are more fragile. In addition, clear braces are prone to chip or crack. Patients with clear braces are limited on certain foods that can cause damage to wires and brackets. In comparison, patients with metal braces don’t have as many food restrictions.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

Ceramic braces and metal braces are similar in cost. At Smiles Orthodontics, we have patient financing options to help make treatments easy and affordable.

How to Care For Your Braces

No matter what type of braces you have, you should be diligent about your hygiene routine. Maintaining proper oral care is important to protect your teeth and braces. Clear brackets can become discolored and therefore require a more disciplined oral routine than metal brackets.

Though both options are available to you, your orthodontist will be able to recommend the best option based on your consultation. Contact Smiles today to schedule a free consultation!