Ceramic Braces: A Discreet Way to Straighten Your Teeth
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, you may be concerned about how braces will affect your appearance. Dr. Tim S. Trulove understands the importance of aesthetics, and can provide several treatment options to meet your cosmetic goals. Ceramic braces are a viable option if you desire a subtle orthodontic treatment that is still very effective. These appliances are similar to traditional metal braces, but will blend nicely with your teeth. To schedule your ceramic braces consultation, contact our Montgomery, AL-area dental practice today.
The most significant advantage of ceramic braces is that they are less conspicuous than traditional metal braces.
Ceramic Braces: The Basics
Like traditional metal braces, ceramic braces involves brackets and wires to straighten your smile. During your procedure, Dr. Trulove will attach clear brackets to each of your teeth. Then he connects each bracket with a highly flexible wire and your teeth will gradually shift in response to the pressure.
During regular appointments, Dr. Trulove will tighten the wire, and very carefully calibrate the force needed. This process allows for the best possible results, with minimal discomfort. After your braces are removed, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from moving back to their old positions. For the greatest subtlety, we can provide both clear and fixed retainers.
The Benefits of Ceramic Braces
The most significant advantage of ceramic braces is that they are less conspicuous than traditional metal braces. Their cosmetic appeal makes them the most common option among adult patients. Patients have found that ceramic braces can sometimes become discolored due to the use of tooth-colored o-ties, which can stain in-between visits.
However, at our practice, we use Damon® System self-litigating braces, which do not require o-ties. Thus, your braces will retain their subtle, natural appearance throughout your entire treatment.
Ceramic braces can correct most of the same issues as traditional braces. They are an excellent choice for cosmetic concerns, and can remedy widespread malocclusion.
Are You a Candidate for Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic braces are more delicate than metal braces. Therefore, they are not suitable for all patients. For instance, if you have a severe bite imbalance, the pressure can put too much strain on the brackets. Additionally, ceramic braces may not be a good option if your top and bottom teeth overlap too deeply.
Dr. Trulove will conduct a complete exam to identify which orthodontic treatment is best for your needs. If you do not qualify for ceramic braces, you might be a candidate for traditional braces or Invisalign®.
Schedule Your Consultation
Your oral health is always our top priority at Trulove Orthodontics. Dr. Trulove will work with you to determine which orthodontic treatment will best resolve your alignment issues, as well as provide the aesthetic look you desire. Contact us today to learn more about ceramic braces.