Translucent ceramic braces are a great choice for a low profile aesthetic, if traditional braces or clear aligners aren’t for you. However, there are a few important factors to consider before you decide to go with ceramic braces.
How are ceramic braces different from regular braces? Are they really translucent?
Ceramic braces are different from regular braces because the brackets, which are made of metal on traditional braces, are made of a tooth-coloured ceramic instead. This means that they blend in with the natural colour of your teeth, making them appear translucent.
So while they aren’t actually ‘see-through’ as such, they appear to be because they so closely resemble the colour of your teeth. The overall look is much cleaner and more streamlined than regular braces.
Are there any downsides to this to this style of braces?
Ceramic braces straighten your teeth just like traditional braces do, with one caveat. Because the material (ceramic) is not as strong as metal is, they may require a somewhat longer treatment time, as your orthodontist won’t be able to apply as much force at once as he would with traditional braces.
Ceramic braces are also more expensive than traditional braces. Some of our patients remedy this issue by only having the ceramic brackets applied to their more visible upper or upper centre teeth, and using metal brackets for the rest. That way, they get the best of both worlds!
And, although the brackets are tooth coloured and blend in well with your teeth, making them look more streamlined, the ceramic brackets are actually slightly larger than metal ones are. This is not typically noticeable, but worth noting nonetheless.