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Clear Braces

Clear (Ceramic) Braces at Tompkins Orthodontics

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Clear braces work the same way metal braces do. Sometimes they’re referred to as ceramic, tooth-colored, or aesthetic braces. The great thing about these is you can add colors and make them pop or use with clear ties and have them blend in depending on what you have going on that month. While they are less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene. For this reason ceramic braces tend to be used more for older teenagers and adults usually on the top teeth more than the lower.

Clear Braces are Less Noticeable

Clear braces at Tompkins Orthodontics are designed to be less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. They're smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material.

Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces

Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that is more likely to chip or crack. Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones.

If you need more drastic corrections, Dr. Tompkins may determine metal braces could be a better option. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take a little more time to align your teeth.

Having said that, both types of braces work on the same principles and tend to be equally as effective in most cases.

You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn’t been a problem for several years. Ceramic brackets won’t stain. The adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in can stain.

This can give an overall impression of discoloration or staining over time, but as long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan put in place by Dr. Tompkins, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee.

Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Tompkins at our Columbia, SC, or Irmo, SC office to learn if clear braces may be right for you.