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Ceramic fixed braces are tooth-coloured Orthodontic fixed braces that provide a smooth surface for a discrete look and comfortable feel. They provide you with all the benefits of traditional fixed metal braces with the added advantage of a more discrete and cosmetic look.
These braces are a lot more discrete than the traditional metal braces and are very commonly used nowadays in adult orthodontics for all ages. It is now a socially acceptable norm to have fixed braces with numerous celebrities proudly showcasing their treatment and excellent results achieved via this type of treatment.
Fixed braces are still regarded as the fastest method of moving teeth and can be used to treat the full spectrum of orthodontic problems to give you that straight and beautiful smile that you've always dreamed off. You will need orthodontic appointments every 4-8 weeks to ensure everything is going well and your treatment finishes on time.
There are two main procedures associated with Inman aligner treatment which allow us to be able to give you the beautiful smile that you deserve. One of them is the use of attachment technology and the other is known as IPR. More details of each are given below:
This patient had significant crowding and a reverse bite also known as a "reverse Overjet" This is where the upper teeth bite behind the lowers creating a less than ideal smile as the upper teeth are hidden from view.
Ciara used Ceramic braces for this case to make the neccesary corrections to the bite and crowding as well as create the ideal overlap of the upper front teeth over the lowers. This was a very difficult case but one that was managed with braces alone and without surgery much to the patients delight. He can now eat, chew and smile with a lot morefull confidence.
This patient had crowding with her upper teeth sticking out a fair distance which is known as an increased 'Overjet' The combination of this led to a bite that was far from ideal. The risk of having a significantly increased 'Overjet' is that should the person ever accidentally fall or receive a hit on the face during contact sports then the damage caused to the front teeth would be significantly more catastrophic than if the teeth were in their ideal positions.
This treatment was carried out with Ceramic braces by Ciara - our specialist orthodontist - who very skillfully managed to correct the bite and crowding simultaneously giving this young lady a smile and ability to chew that she deserves.
The most common age to get braces is usually anytime after the age of 12-13 years as that is the time when all the milk teeth would have departed and only adult teeth remain. However there are many instances when braces would need to be fitted in children under the age of 12 for specific orthodontic issues that can be corrected early whilst the child is growing. It is particularly important therefore to ensure that your child is seen for regular check up by your dentist so that early Orthodontic problems can be identified and corrected at the earliest possible stage.
There is no upper age limit for braces. As long as you have good oral hygiene and a mouth free from dental disease then you are eligible for braces to straighten your teeth at any age. So whether you are in your 20s or 90s -as long as you fulfil the above criteria you are welcome to benefit from orthodontic treatment with braces.
Both types of braces will achieve the same end results in a similar time frame in most cases. In certain cases metal braces may achieve a slightly faster result. The benefits of ceramic braces over traditional metal ones include:
When you wear ceramic braces in addition to the usual foods you need to avoid with conventional braces you also need to avoid stain-causing foods, such as tomatoes, chocolate, tea, coffee, red wine and curries.
There are a handful of instances where metal braces are more suitable that Ceramic braces in being able to straighten your teeth.
Where opposing teeth touch the ceramic brace they can wear away a bit quicker
Ceramic braces are very strong but not as strong as metal and sometime the odd bracket can break and need to be repaired.
The elastic around the ceramic brace may pick up stains over time. The brace itself should not stain as long as the best quality ceramic braces are being used.
The elastic rings that hold the wires onto the brace can stain over time with curries, red wine, tea and coffee- however these rings would be changed every 4-6 weeks with fresh ones so by the time they start to get stained they would be ready to be replaced.
The actual ceramic brace itself should not change as long as the very best quality of braces are used. At Zental we only the highest quality ceramic braces made by 3M and these do not stain. Cheaper composite brackets that may be in use elsewhere will stain and break more easily
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