If you’ve had a braces evaluation already, and you and Dr. Pearson determined that braces are the right choice for you, there’s still another important decision that you need to make: which type of braces to get. Pearson Orthodontics offers two excellent options to consider: traditional metal braces and ceramic braces. Here’s what you need to know about each.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces have two main components, brackets and wires. Both the brackets and wires are made from high-grade stainless steel. Each tooth has its own bracket, and the wires go through the openings in the brackets.
The main advantage of traditional metal braces is that they’re highly durable. That doesn’t mean that they’re huge, though: the brackets of metal braces today are much smaller, thinner, and more lightweight than they were in the old days.
The primary drawback with traditional metal braces is that they’re very noticeable. Because of this, some patients feel that ceramic braces are a better fit for them.
Ceramic braces, like traditional metal braces, have brackets and wires, but the major difference is that the brackets are tooth-colored. This makes the braces quite subtle — overall, they’re dramatically less obvious than traditional metal braces and that’s their main advantage. Other than the appearance, ceramic braces are essentially the same as traditional metal ones. The wires connect the brackets, gradually shifting them into the proper position.
The main drawback with ceramic braces can be the price. They’re more expensive than traditional metal braces are, but if aesthetics are a major concern then it might be worth the extra cost to you.
Where Traditional Metal Braces and Ceramic Braces Are Equal
Traditional metal braces and ceramic braces are equal in a few ways. They straighten teeth equally well, and you can expect to wear either type of braces for about the same length of time (usually around 12-24 months on average, but it varies by patient).
In terms of comfort, traditional metal braces and ceramic braces are about equal. The ceramic brackets can be slightly larger than the metal ones, but it doesn’t really impact the way that the braces feel or work when they’re shifting your teeth.
In the end, choosing the right braces for you really comes down to your personal priorities, wishes, and budget. If you’re torn on this decision or need more information to figure out what will work best for you, make an appointment to discuss it with Dr. Pearson at Pearson Orthodontics.
Ready to get your teeth straight and strong at last? Dr. Pearson and the Pearson Orthodontics team are ready to help you through the entire braces process from start to finish, whether you opt for traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, or other teeth straightening options such as Invisalign.