Clear Ceramic Braces
What are Clear Ceramic Braces?
There are a number of options available for consumers to straighten misaligned or wrongly-angled teeth. One great option is ceramic braces, which are made of composite materials, ceramic alloys, and are very popular in the local Hudson Valley NY because they are transparent! They come in varying levels of transparency, so the ceramic brace is available in the natural color of your teeth or completely translucent.
Be discrete while you correct your teeth! Most adults in Dutchess County NY prefer ceramic braces because they are less noticeable than traditional, metal. In addition to the clear ceramic brackets, there are two types of brace wires (or ties) that can make them even less conspicuous. These ties can be clear elastic or white metal.
Advantages of Clear Ceramic Braces
- Ceramic braces are hardly noticeable and have cosmetic appeal.
- The ceramic brackets do not stain, but the clear elastic wires holding the brackets to your teeth are susceptible to staining. However, since these ties are changed usually every month, any staining is virtually unnoticeable.
Disadvantages of Clear Ceramic Braces
- Ceramic brackets are more expensive than metal brackets.
- The brackets are bigger than traditional metal braces (but this isn’t an issue for most patients).
- Because ceramic brackets can’t withstand as much pressure as metal brackets, ceramic braces are not recommended for people who need extensive treatment.
How Do They Work?
During a consultation, we will examine your teeth and determine the best treatment option for you. If you choose ceramic braces, we will work to plan the course of your treatment in a way that best suits your lifestyle.
To begin, a ceramic bracket will be attached to each misaligned tooth. Each bracket is customized to adjust the individual tooth to the prescribed location and angle. The bracket has a slot for the wire that will form an arch around the teeth. Using gentle pressure, the wire will move the teeth into the ideal positions. As with metal braces, it’s important to keep them clean. Otherwise, food and dirt buildup will stain the ceramic and maybe even your teeth.
Shorten Your Treatment Timeline
AcceleDent® Aura is an FDA-cleared medical device that can be used along with fixed braces. When used for 20 minutes each day, AcceleDent can shorten your treatment timeline by up to 50%! AcceleDent works by producing gentle pulses that safely and gently speed up tooth movement. The lightweight, easy-to-use device has been clinically shown to accelerate orthodontic treatment and to decrease the discomfort associated with treatment.
All About Braces
Brushing and Flossing
It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy during orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment. Watch the two videos below on the proper care of braces during orthodontic treatment.
Eating with Braces
What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.
Foods to Avoid
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum
- Hard foods: nuts, candy
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.
In order to help our patients maintain good oral health throughout treatment many products from Philips SONICARE are offered for purchase in our offices
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for 3 – 5 days. Take Tylenol or whatever you normally take for headache or discomfort. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the braces. We will supply wax to put on the braces in irritated areas to lessen discomfort.
This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can move. The teeth will firm up in their new — corrected — positions after treatment is completed.
Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If a wire sticks out and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire back under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the problem.
To successfully complete orthodontic treatment, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands or other appliances as prescribed. Lack of cooperation following instructions and damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time… so please … follow instructions.
If you play sports, it’s important you let us know. A protective mouthguard is provided for playing contact sports.