Think traditional metal braces, only made from a white or clear material so they are less obvious.
Fixed ceramic brackets are bonded to each tooth and connected with an archwire. Sometimes the wire is also tooth-coloured (or ‘frosted’) so the entire appliance blends in with the teeth. Small elastic bands called ‘ligatures’ hold the wire in place on each bracket – and they are usually the same colour as the brackets as well.
During orthodontic treatment you will need to have checkups every 6-10 weeks. At these visits your orthodontist will check the progress of your treatment and make adjustments to the wire to keep your teeth moving in the right direction. Total treatment time is usually around 18-24 months but this depends on the amount of correction needed.
Patients often find their teeth are a little sore for a day or two after their braces are tightened, but aside from that there should be minimal discomfort.
Some ceramic braces use self-ligating technology. This allows the wire to automatically tighten and adjust itself, making the treatment process smoother on the teeth. It also means that no ligatures are needed since the brackets themselves clasp the wire.
Ceramic fixed braces come with a range of benefits:
- Discreet way to straighten teeth
- Suitable for both teenagers and adults
- Can treat a wide variety of teeth alignment problems, including severe malocclusion
- The ceramic material is strong and won’t chip or break easily
Many people undergo orthodontic work because they feel self-conscious about their uneven teeth. But as well as the aesthetic benefits, straighter teeth are easier to clean. So any investment in braces is also an investment in your oral hygiene for the future.