Ceramic braces - also known as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, esthetic braces, or even porcelain braces - are an excellent option for teens and adults. While they function in the same way traditional metal braces do, they offer a cosmetic alternative to the metal by using clear brackets. Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as traditional metal braces, but far less noticeable, especially when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties.
Due to the materials involved, ceramic braces can be less durable than metal braces, and more prone to breakage. They also tend to be more costly. Because of this, they are generally better suited to adult patients, rather than children or teens. And although you don’t need to worry about the brackets themselves staining, the elastic ties can become discolored through habits like smoking or drinking black coffee or wine regularly. However, you’ll get new elastics each time you have a check-up, which is about once every six to eight weeks, so there’s no need to fret too much about your morning cup (or ten) of java!
Ceramic braces are perfect for the adult patient who doesn't want their braces to stand out, but who doesn't want to keep up with clear aligners like Invisalign. We also have some teens and adults who prefer "Neon Braces", a play on ceramic braces where colored ligature ties are used. The colors definitely *pop* off the clear brackets, creating a unique look that most people haven't seen before.