Using fixed appliances like ceramic braces, has become a very integral part of orthodontic treatment (Papageorgiou SN et al., 2013). Ceramic braces are not really fundamentally any different than traditional metal braces.
However, for individuals who are not familiar with them, they may have many questions such as how to put on braces? What is the process of getting braces put on? Are clear ceramic braces a better alternative than traditional metal braces? When they put braces on your teeth do you have to think about them later? Are ceramic brackets better than traditional metal brackets? And you might wonder how to put on braces step by step.
Individuals who are asking these questions and more can get a lot of peace of mind by talking to their orthodontist. Getting ceramic braces put on is not all that different from getting traditional metal braces installed. All braces usually go through the same process and that starts off by talking with your orthodontic office and finding out whether braces will be a great choice for you.
Braces may not be exactly what you need and so before you even decide on the type of braces, it’s important to talk with your orthodontic office and determine whether braces will be the best course of treatment for your particular orthodontic needs. Some individuals who have small gaps or slightly crooked teeth may not realize that they do not necessarily need braces. These people could benefit better from something like a retainer.
If after talking with your orthodontist and determining that braces are correct for you, one of the first and foremost steps is to make sure that you have thorough teeth cleaning. This will likely be the last time that your teeth will be unobstructed by braces for the next few months or years and so having a thorough cleaning by a professional dental office will help make sure that the orthodontics attach correctly as they should, as well as making sure that you are in optimal oral health before beginning your orthodontics treatment.
However, if in consultation with your orthodontic office they decide that getting braces is right for you then ceramic braces is something you should strongly consider. The one thing to note though is that ceramic braces, because they utilize a tooth colored ceramic instead of normal metals that are used for the traditional metal brackets, are a bit more fragile. The ceramic can crack or split and although this causes no pain, it can occasionally lead to longer treatment times than with traditional metal braces.
For the vast majority of individuals, though, they are perfectly happy to put up with this minor inconvenience because of the major advantages that ceramic braces have in almost every other regard. After getting a consultation with your orthodontic office and deciding that braces are correct for you, the next step will be to actually start the bonding process.
You might wonder how are braces put on? Your orthodontist will install your braces using a special adhesive that is designed to stick to teeth. This is applied along with the tooth colored ceramics which come in a variety of colors best designed to match your tooth. This is one of the things that makes ceramic braces a far better alternative for people who are interested in the aesthetics of their braces when compared to traditional metal braces.
The ceramics come in three primary colors, namely white, porcelain, and ivory. These three different types correlate with the vast majority of clients’ tooth shades and makes it so that your teeth are likely to match your orthodontics.
Once the adhesive is on the teeth, the clear or translucent brackets are installed. This again is to help maintain the illusion of invisibility. Although people can see them they are significantly less noticeable than metal brackets. These brackets are what will hold the wire and the clear bands that will attach to them to help pull your teeth into place. Many orthodontics offices will even utilize a white wire that will continue to help blend in with your teeth.
All of this can significantly help an individual retain a huge amount of self-confidence as their new orthodontics are nearly invisible. Additionally, they have a significant number of advantages including their superior mechanical and optical properties, and improved aesthetics in comparison to metallic braces (Papageorgiou SN et al., 2013).
Of course one of the other benefits is having the clear bands instead of colored bands as these clear rubber bands also help to blend in with the teeth and make it far less conspicuous than the traditional metal variety. This is one of the reasons why ceramic braces are a very popular pick with adult orthodontic patients.
Yes! Even adults need orthodontics; it is not just for children. Although the traditional metal type are far more common in youths and adolescents, clear braces such as ceramic braces or Invisalign are by far the most popular picks for adults. Because they are nearly invisible, they maintain a high level of aesthetic quality which many adults find beneficial, especially if their job involves a significant amount of person-to-person interaction. Its higher level of appearance can help significantly boost self-confidence and help individuals to be less self-conscious about their orthodontic treatment.
In addition, ceramic braces are very affordable and do not generally cost significantly more than traditional metal braces. Because of the cost savings when compared against other potentially more expensive options, ceramic braces end up being an excellent pick for many adult patients who simply want to have a straighter and more beautiful smile.
Knowing that the cost difference between traditional metal braces and ceramic is marginal, the popularity among adult patients has increased. Because of the aesthetics and the greater self-confidence you can feel from having braces means that getting ceramic braces can be a great choice for you and your orthodontic needs.
With all this in mind, it can be helpful to know that some of the disadvantages include the possibility of high friction, and the possibility of enamel damage during the debonding process (Papageorgiou SN et al., 2013). However, your orthodontist will help you mitigate these.
If you opt for ceramic braces, you may understand that there are some differences and similarities between ceramic braces and traditional metal braces. For either of these, it is important that your teeth should be clean before the orthodontist can apply the braces.
There are many steps involved in the installation of your ceramic braces. They include gluing on the brackets, which are the small ceramic devices that will hold the wires in place on your teeth. To anchor the braces, the orthodontist will place bands around your back teeth. After the previous two steps, the orthodontist will attach the archwire to the brackets.
Additionally, prior to having your braces applied, your orthodontist might put spacers or rubber bands between your teeth a few days or a week before your braces are applied. This is necessary if your teeth are very close together and the orthodontist needs to create space for the bands to fit around your teeth.This is a very brief overview of what you can expect at you at the orthodontist appointment to install your ceramic braces.It is important to note that this cannot be done at home and requires the work of a professional to make sure that it is correctly attached and effective.
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