A Clear Alternative to Metal Braces
Ceramic braces are sometimes called clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces. They work the same way metal braces do.
Our clear braces at Miami Ortho Specialists are designed to be less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. They're smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible, translucent polycrystalline ceramic material.
Dr. Garcia-Paul will use these ceramic options will blend in well with your natural smile.
Though they're not completely invisible, and the brackets are about the same size and shape, they will be harder to notice, compared to metal braces.
Blend In With Clear Braces
Ceramic brackets are a less obvious way to straighten your smile in Miami when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties. This option is especially attractive if you are an esthetic-minded adult or teen.
Ceramic braces are perfect if you're talking to Dr. Garcia-Paul and you want a subtle treatment option but don't want the extra hassle of removable aligners and the responsibility of wear time with clear aligner systems like Invisalign®.
Even though most Miami patients in ceramic braces love how discrete they are, Dr. Garcia-Paul does have some teens and adults who like to use colored ligature ties. This gives braces an almost neon look.
The colors pop off the clear brackets, creating a really unique look most people in Miami haven’t seen before.
Differences Between Ceramic & 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, 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, Dr. Garcia-Paul uses both types of braces to 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 the chance of any staining, but you don’t need to. We change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, 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
One of the biggest factors that affect the cost of your treatment will be the materials used to make your braces.
In our Miami 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. Garcia-Paul 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.
Our treatment coordinators will be happy to go over the cost with you at your first free consultation.