Pros and Cons of Ceramic Dental Braces

By | June 21, 2011

Are you distressed of your crooked or crowded teeth? Then it is a necessity for you to have dental braces to correct them. Ceramic braces are one of the options of different types of braces. Here are some pros and cons of ceramic dental braces.

Ceramic braces, as the name suggests, are made of ceramic or porcelain. So they blend well with the color of the teeth. Hence, they cannot be noticed from distance and even in photographs. Unlike metal braces, there are even less chances of irritation for your gums with ceramic braces. So, they are more comfortable than metal braces. They even do not get stained and hence, they maintain a natural look throughout the teeth-straightening process.

However, ceramic braces have to be worn for a longer time than the conventional braces. The ceramic material is much stronger than the stainless steel braces. Also, it is harder than the enamel of the tooth and hence, the enamel may be damaged when teeth touch the brackets or when the brackets are removed from the teeth. Maintenance of ceramic braces is also difficult. As they are larger than the metal braces, they are harder to clean resulting in hygienic problems. Though they do not get stained, the clear elastic ties which are used to hold the arch wire to the bracket get stained. It is not possible to clean the stained ties. They only need to be replaced. Also, the ceramic material may chip or break as it is brittle. Hence, consider the pros and cons of ceramic dental braces when deciding to have dental braces.