Metal vs Ceramic braces

Young or old, if you have a malocclusion, such as an over or under bite or have teeth that are too close together or too far apart, you are going to need braces in order to have the problem corrected.  There are a variety of different choices you can make when it comes to the style of the braces you will have installed in your mouth.  Two of the most popular are traditional metal braces and ceramic braces.


The traditional metal braces of today are a far cry from the original metal braces of yesteryear.  Today, they are smaller and much of the headgear that went along with them is gone.  In addition, there are a variety of different ways you can choose to wear today’s metal braces.

First and foremost, you can just have regular metal braces put on, with the traditional wire and plain rubber bands.  If you would like to jazz up your metal braces, you can opt for different colored rubber bands or choose to get your metal braces in gold instead of silver.  This will make them look more glitzy and like jewels.


If you still do not like the look of your metal braces, you can ask if the wire can be removed or if the brackets can be placed on the back of your teeth where no one can see them.  These options are only available to fix certain conditions and may lengthen the amount of time you have to wear the braces.  Furthermore, lingual braces or braces attached to the tongue side of your teeth can only be done by an orthodontist that is trained to do so.  In addition, lingual braces are the most expensive option when it comes to choosing braces.


If none of these options appeal to you, you can also choose clear or ceramic braces.  Ceramic braces work the same way as traditional metal braces, however, the brackets that are placed on your teeth are made of ceramic material.  You can get them in clear or shaded to match the color of your teeth.  Be aware, that some foods can stain your teeth while you wear clear braces.  Therefore, it is best to avoid coffee and cigarettes while under an orthodontist’s care.


Regardless of whether you choose metal or ceramic braces, as long as you have a metal wire, you will have to go to the orthodontist every four to six weeks to have them tightened.  If you have the wireless version, they are designed to tighten on their own.  At this time, the wire and the rubber bands will be changed and you will have an opportunity to brush your teeth before they are replaced.


You are reminded to use both orthodontic wax as well as over the counter pain relievers to get rid of any discomfort associated with your braces.  Should one of your brackets come loose or if the wire should break, you can use some orthodontic wax to reattach the bracket and cover the sharp end of the wire.  Call your orthodontist as soon as possible to have the problem fixed.