About Ceramic Braces in Brentwood
At Hann Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer ceramic braces to our patients in Brentwood and the surrounding areas! Also known as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces, these work just like metal braces.
Our clear braces 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.
Blend in With Clear Braces
Ceramic braces are clear, tooth-colored braces that come in colored braces, esthetic braces, or even porcelain braces. They function the same way as traditional metal braces and even offer a cosmetic alternative to the metal by using clear brackets.
They’re the same shape and size but far less noticeable when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties.
Although they’re less noticeable, ceramic braces can be less durable than metal braces, and more costly. Ceramic braces are the perfect braces for anyone who does not want their braces to stand out but doesn’t want to keep up with aligners.
Ceramic braces are better suited for adults rather than teens or children. 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.
Ceramic Braces Vs. 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. Frank Hann and Dr. Kristen Hann 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. But, 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. You can choose to avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on any chance of staining. This isn’t necessary since we change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan put in place by Dr. Frank Hann and Dr. Kristen Hann, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
Cost of Ceramic Braces in Brentwood
One of the biggest factors that affect the cost of your treatment will be the materials used to make your braces.
In our Brentwood office, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets.
The good news is, we offer flexible payment plans, automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your insurance company for orthodontic benefits. Our goal is to provide outstanding value for reasonable fees!
Treatment fees will vary depending on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Frank Hann and Dr. Kristen Hann will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and our office will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
The work it takes to put your braces on, adjust them, and take them off must also be factored into the total cost of treatment. Placing and removing ceramic braces are more sensitive to technique and requires more time.
Best for Brentwood Adults
At Hann Orthodontics, we think ceramic braces are generally better suited to adults and older teens. This is because ceramic brackets are more likely to break, and they're more expensive than metal brackets.