You know you need braces but you’re torn between standard metal braces and their more discreet alternative, ceramic braces. Ultimately, the type that suits you best will come down to a few factors. Those may include your personal preferences, life stage, and the recommendations from our Grand Rapids, MI, orthodontist.
Here’s what you need to know about the advantages of either braces type.
If you’re in a profession where you’re constantly meeting with people or performing in front of them, you may have cosmetic concerns with regards to orthodontic treatment. We get it, visible metal on your teeth can make you feel self-conscious. For this reason, Dr. Miller may suggest you go with ceramic braces.
Because they consist of clear brackets and if desired, clear archwires, ceramic braces are not immediately noticeable. Their nearly invisible appearance allows them to blend in with your teeth and not stand out. Dr. Miller has recommended ceramic braces to plenty of teen and adult orthodontic patients.
Traditional metal braces, on the other hand, are the classic option that most individuals end up choosing. They’re trusted by orthodontists everywhere, including ours, and are great for children, teens, and adults. Of course, metal braces are more visible so that’s something to keep in mind when pondering your decision.
If you’re anything like the majority of orthodontic patients, you’ll be wearing braces for an average of 1-3 years. So, we want to make sure you not only like the look of the braces you have, but that they are built to cater to your specific dental needs.
Ceramic braces are made from a clear material called polycrystalline alumina. This type of ceramic is durable and made to last throughout your treatment. Unlike stainless steel, brackets consisting of this material are much better suited for patients with a nickel allergy or sensitivity.
On the other side of things are metal braces. The medical-grade steel used for the brackets and wires, like the polycrystalline alumina, is strong but can withstand even more force. The components also do not have the potential to stain like those used for ceramic braces.
Whatever you and our orthodontist in Grand Rapids, MI, decide is best for your smile, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. Dr. Miller understands that every patient is different and requires personalized care. Therefore, your treatment plan will always be tailored to you. Call Miller Orthodontics today at (616) 942-9320 to request an appointment.