Traditional vs. Ceramic Braces: What’s Right for You?

Updated on September 29, 2021

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces orthodontic treatment can substantially improve your personal appearance. Improving the health of your teeth and gums will almost certainly boost your self-confidence. Braces are a vital aspect of treatment for the vast majority of patients. And, for the most part, those braces are the silvery-metal variety.

Traditional metal braces, which are often composed of high-grade stainless steel, are by far the most prevalent type of fixed braces. Metal bands wrap over the back molars to create them. Smaller metal brackets are glued to the front surfaces of the other teeth, as well.

Braces are not only for aesthetic purposes, but also help prevent cavities. According to Health Grades, “Food gets stuck more easily between crowded and crooked teeth than straight ones. With time, this can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.”

A thin, springy metal wire then goes through the brackets, gently guiding teeth into optimum alignment. Flexible elastics, metal ties, or other forms of clasps are used by your dentist to secure the wire to the brackets.

Why do dentists still choose to use metal braces over any other type? Traditional metal braces are a tried-and-true alternative that will not let you down. Metal braces are also smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear now than they have ever been. Additionally, the ability to select your own set of elastic colors creates a less typical appearance.

Ceramic Braces

Braces composed of clear, tooth-colored material are known as ceramic braces.They work in the same way as metal braces, but are more subtle and unnoticeable. Patients who do not think Invisalign or lingual braces are suited for them but still want to straighten their teeth in a discreet and affordable  manner prefer ceramic braces.

Self-ligating braces can be made of metal or clear plastic and have a similar appearance to regular braces. Instead of elastics, these braces employ a specific clip to lock the archwire in place and lessen the friction and strain exerted to the teeth. Teeth movement may be faster with self-ligating braces, and adjustment appointments may be fewer.

When you smile, lingual braces are hidden beneath your teeth rather than in front of them, so they are not apparent to others. This makes them an excellent choice for those who are concerned about their braces’ appearance. The entire metal appliance, including brackets, is custom-made to perfectly match the contour of your teeth. Athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professions can all benefit from these braces.

Traditional braces are usually the more economical alternative if treatment costs are an issue. “With insurance, the average cost of braces for adults is between $4,800 and $7,135,” according to a 2018 survey by the American Dental Association.

The cost of Invisalign varies based on how many trays are necessary. The number of trays required is determined on the degree of the dental changes required. Invisalign can range in price from $3,500 to $8,000.

Before making a decision, discuss the cost with your orthodontist. If you have dental insurance, you might be able to get some or all of the cost of braces or Invisalign covered. To estimate the entire cost of braces or Invisalign, contact your insurance or verify your coverage.

Invisible Aligners

In the last decade, clear aligners have become increasingly popular. Invisalign, which became the largest brand of aligners in the early 2000s, popularized them. Clear aligners are ideal for patients who had braces as a child and only require a touch up, as well as those who have mild to moderate dental issues including misaligned teeth, an overbite, no jaw alignment issues, and front tooth gaps.

The most significant distinction between braces and Invisalign is their appearance, and Invisalign will always win this category. Invisalign is almost unnoticeable, whereas traditional metal braces are more visible.

Invisalign trays are constructed of clear plastic, while braces are made of metal. Some youngsters love choosing different colored bands for metal braces, but most children and adults prefer the Invisalign aesthetic.

If you want your teeth alignment to be as unobtrusive as possible, Invisalign is the way to go.

For years, braces have been used to straighten teeth and improve smiles. Braces are not removable by the patient, thus they must wear them 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as directed by the orthodontist.

Patients may not always stick to the specified treatment schedule with Invisialign, however, since the trays can be removed. Additionally, if the trays are forgotten or misplaced, your teeth may shift or move while they are not being appropriately worn.

The truth is that the decision between Invisalign and braces boils down to personal preference. So, to make the greatest selection for you or your child, consider the factors listed above.

It’s also crucial to see an orthodontist to see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign. Certain circumstances may restrict you from receiving this type of treatment.

Don’t put off improving your smile and starting to feel more confident today. Whatever option you select, maintain good dental hygiene and get in touch with your orthodontist if you have any questions.

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