A lot of people do not want to wear braces because the metal brackets and wires are extremely noticeable. Although this was an issue in the past, modern braces do not necessarily mean having a mouth full of metal. There are modern braces made from either a tooth-colored or natural material. This means you can wear clear braces, take care of the issues with your teeth and still have an attractive smile. One of your best options is clear ceramic braces. The materials used are clear so they are not nearly as visible as traditional metal braces. These braces are very popular among adults and older teenagers with cosmetic concerns. Although these braces are more difficult to see, you have to pay more attention to your oral hygiene. This is because they require more care than metal braces and must be taken care of properly.
In most cases, clear braces are more appropriate for the upper teeth as opposed to the lower. They are a less obvious way of straightening teeth for older teenagers and adults. The orthodontist secures the braces to your teeth and tightens them at regular intervals. In this respect, they are the same as traditional metal braces. The braces will shift your teeth into the correct alignment. The orthodontist will tell you how often you need to come in to have your braces tightened during your initial visit. They are the most aesthetic and latest type of orthodontic braces available through modern dentistry. Braces have been used to straighten teeth for centuries. Traditional metal braces were designed to straighten crooked and misaligned teeth.
Even though metal braces were efficient for rotating the teeth and optimal alignment, many individuals were concerned with the obvious appearance of the metal. This was the reason research was performed to find an appropriate alternative. The result was clear ceramic braces constructed using tooth-colored materials. Braces are simply a bracket attached to the outside surface of each tooth and held in place with the use of archwires. These wires are what connects the brackets together. The orthodontist ensures the brackets are attached firmly to each tooth. The force from the archwires gradually moves your teeth in the correct direction. The orthodontist will adjust the archwire tension during your appointments. This is what enables your teeth to move until your optimal results have been achieved. This process generally requires between two and three years. However, it all depends on the unique case.
Braces are an excellent way to align your teeth. They have been used so often during the last few decades that they have been perfected. Braces are extremely reliable because the chances of them breaking or cracking are fairly slim. The popularity of clear ceramic braces is largely due to the fact that people do not want to feel conspicuous or be afraid to smile for the entire time their teeth are being corrected. This is important due to the average length of time braces must be worn. The main cosmetic issue with traditional metal braces are the metal archwires. These are what are so noticeable. This type of braces helps eliminate this issue. The tooth-colored material is much less noticeable than metal wires. From a distance, most people will be unaware you are wearing braces. In the past, archwires were still noticeable because they were made using steel.
Even this issue has been corrected because tooth-colored steel wires are now available. This type of wire is a lot less obvious than the original steel archwires. Ceramics have become very important in the dental field. In addition to braces, this material is useful for a wide range of medical and industrial equipment. Dentists now use ceramics for everything from small bridges to crowns. Ceramics offer a lot of benefits as opposed to stainless steel. The popularity of ceramics among orthodontists and dentists has increased due to the close resemblance between dental enamel and ceramics. This means the ceramics are basically translucent. Light is able to pass through the ceramics in the same way as with dental enamel. This is the reason ceramics are being used so often for dental crowns, braces and bridges.
The reason ceramics were not used for manufacturing braces sooner is because they are a metallic oxide instead of an actual metal. Despite the obvious advantages, ceramics were too brittle. They had a tendency to crack due to the tension. The good news is dental ceramics have seen tremendous improvements over the years. The strength of modern ceramics has made them appropriate for braces. The plastic or steel brackets once used for traditional braces have been replaced with ceramic. This provided individuals previously refusing to wear metal braces with the ability to have their teeth corrected. You have to be very close in proximity to the individual wearing clear ceramic braces to be able to see them. Although ceramics are partly translucent, they do contain colors. They can be made to appear invisible by blending the right color shade with the teeth of the individual.
The only difference between clear and metal braces is they are not obvious. Not only are they a much less noticeable option than traditional metal braces, but they are just as effective for treatment as well. Clear aligners are different than actual braces. They are a piece of hard plastic customized to fit your mouth in the same way as a mouthguard. Clear aligners are typically only appropriate if you need a very minor orthodontic treatment.
The Benefits of Clear Ceramic Braces
Clear ceramic braces offer a lot of advantages over traditional metal braces. Every treatment from the orthodontist meets the needs of your specific lifestyle. This is an excellent option for anyone interested in correcting their teeth without wearing obvious braces. Since more care is necessary for these braces, they are recommended for older teenagers and adults. The only way to be certain if this is the right option for your needs is to speak with our experienced orthodontist. The most obvious advantage is the braces are far less noticeable than the metal braces so frequently used in the past. This is an excellent option if you are interested in a clear and more pleasing aesthetic alternative. Choosing a clear option has helped numerous individuals feel more confident in their treatment. This is because people are noticing their lovely smiles instead of the metal in their braces.
You can correct numerous orthodontic issues with these braces including crooked teeth and overbites. Since the braces are constructed of ceramic instead of metal, the chances of irritations occurring in your mouth are significantly reduced. These types of braces also offer a more effective option for treating many of the more severe orthodontic concerns than Invisalign® can correct. Invisalign® is a set of plastic trays that can be removed. The issue is these aligners can be applied incorrectly or carelessly or simply lost. Braces are permanent, so losing them is not a possibility. This option is very effective for individuals with an allergy to metal because complicated tooth movements can be accomplished. The braces can pull a tooth gently down and into alignment.
Your treatment will not take any longer than with traditional metal braces. The clear version has the same strength as the metal. This means the same amount of pressure can be placed on the ceramic as the metal. Whether the braces are ceramic, silver or clear, you will still most likely need to wear them for one to three years. The ceramic is a better alternative for adults and older teenagers because they watch what they are drinking and eating. The majority of adults who need to wear braces to correct their teeth choose the clear ceramic option. In most cases, the brackets do not get stained. Sometimes, the clear wires used for connecting the archwires to the brackets will have some stains. This is normal, and since these are replaced on a regular basis, they can always be replaced during the next visit.
You can stain your clear bands by consuming certain drinks and foods with a dark color. You should try to avoid dark sodas, curry, coffee and spaghetti sauce. This can cause stains on your bands. If you rinse out your mouth with water and then use mouthwash after you eat, you should not have an issue with staining. During your initial consultation, the orthodontist will explain your treatment including the length of time you will need to wear your braces and how often you will need to return to have them tightened. Your teeth will be cleaned and dried prior to the application of a bonding agent. This is what will hold your brackets in place. After the brackets have been secured, small rubber bands will be used by the orthodontist to attach the archwires to the brackets. After the wires have been tightened, you can simply go home.
If you have an interest in clear ceramic braces, you can learn more about this option when you visit Davis Orthodontics, located in San Diego and Escondido. Contact us today to book an orthodontic appointment and get started.