Ceramic braces combine the subtle appearance of treatments like Invisalign with the power of traditional braces to give you a straight, beautiful smile. Ceramic braces use special tooth-colored brackets that match the color of your teeth, which means that your treatment will be subtle and discreet. Call today to book a free consultation!
It takes about 30-45 minutes at Mansfield Orthodontics to place ceramic braces. Dr. Mindy will begin by selecting a set of tooth-colored or transparent brackets. Then, she will bond each one into place using dental cement. Once your brackets have been placed, archwires will be run through your upper and lower brackets. The archwire will be attached using a series of tooth-colored or transparent elastics. After your first appointment, you’ll simply come back to Mansfield Orthodontics every 4-8 weeks to have your ceramic braces tightened and adjusted.
While ceramic braces are very strong and provide much faster results than treatments like Invisalign, they are not quite as strong and durable as metal braces. This means that not as much pressure can be placed on the individual components of ceramic braces. Too much pressure can lead to the failure of a bracket or another part of your braces. For this reason, results take a bit longer to achieve than with ceramic braces.
Unlike metal braces, ceramic braces can become stained. Most ceramic braces use transparent rubber bands to hold your archwire onto the tooth-colored brackets, and these bands are porous and susceptible to staining. If you don’t maintain a proper oral hygiene routine throughout treatment, these bands can become yellow or brownish and detract from your appearance.
We recommend brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal, or at least twice per day in the morning and evening. Brush thoroughly for at least 2 minutes, and make sure to scrub every part of your brackets. This will help prevent the buildup of stains on your teeth and on your elastics.