Braces for children, teenagers and adults
We believe that orthodontics involves more than “straightening teeth” — it enhances health and self-esteem and may improve a person’s overall quality of life.
More comfortable than ever before, traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces . Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces than many adults remember.
Fixed braces are often referred to as ‘train track’ braces. The orthodontist attaches metal or tooth-coloured brackets – small blocks – to the teeth and then runs a special wire over the brackets to pull the teeth into the right position. Because the brackets are stuck to the teeth, you won’t be able to take the brace off during your treatment.
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth.
The primary difference between ceramic and traditional braces has to do with the type of orthodontic brackets that are bonded to the patient’s teeth.
With ceramic braces, the brackets are clear or tooth-coloured, not metal. (With both methods, there’s still a metal wire that runs across the patient’s teeth that’s held in place using elastic bands.)
This difference in the colour of the brackets really does help to make it less obvious to others that a person is wearing braces, especially at a distance. And that’s why ceramic braces are a very popular treatment option.
Advantages of Ceramic Braces
The main edge of ceramic braces is their aesthetic and cosmetic appeal. The ceramic brackets do not stain but the clear elastic wires or ties holding the brackets to your teeth stain, especially if you smoke, eat a lot of curry or drink loads of coffee. But these ties are changed every time an adjustment is made, usually, monthly. Once the brace is taken off, you will need to wear a retainer brace, which is removable.