If humans weren’t concerned with appearances, braces wouldn’t exist. John from Quast Orthodontics describes traditional metal braces along with ceramic braces.
What is Made of Ceramic or Metal?
The brackets are what fits onto a tooth with the wires guiding the teeth. Both metal and ceramic brackets have their benefits:
- 1. Force. The orthodontist can apply more pressure on the tooth with the bracket if the bracket is metal.
Ceramic is brittle and cracks.
- 2. Durability. Metal is obviously longer lasting than ceramic, which has to be replaced more often.
- 3. Noticeability. Appearances matter, especially if you’re a professional of some type. Clear or tooth-colored ceramic brackets just plain look better than a mouthful of metal.
- 4. Comfort. A smooth, softer material would be more comfortable than cold, hard metal.
- 5. Beware. Hard, crunchy foods are a no-no with ceramic brackets because they’ll chip or crack. Staining beverages are a no-no, too. If you’re the type to take good care of your teeth, then ceramic is a good thing. If not, stick to metal.
Traditional metal braces work. They might hurt a bit and flossing might be difficult, but in the end you’ll have a stunning smile.