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Are Ceramic Braces Right for You?

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to get the radiant, healthy smile you’ve always wanted! Whether you choose orthodontic treatment with us in St. Petersburg or at our Seminole office, our orthodontists have the experience and tools to help you reach your smile goals!

But now it’s time to choose from our variety of braces options— traditional metal braces, gold braces, clear ceramic braces, or Invisalign clear aligners. All have positives to recommend them! And for some people, ceramic braces are the clear favorite.

What are Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces work just like regular traditional metal braces! Tooth-colored brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth and rubber bands surrounding the brackets hold the archwire that gradually moves the teeth into healthy alignment.

But the type of ceramic braces our orthodontists use is even more advanced than regular ceramic braces! At Insoft & Hurst Orthodontics, we use Damon Clear Braces! These are a brand of high-quality clear self-ligating braces. And the difference between regular ceramic braces and clear self-ligating braces is huge! 

Damon braces don’t use rubber bands (elastics) at all; instead, these clear braces use “sliding door” technology! The high-tech design of these brackets allow your archwire to gently slide through each bracket arm, reducing the “tightening” feel due to friction. 

If you want a less obvious appliance for professional or personal reasons, talk to us about ceramic braces! As always, Dr. Insoft and Dr. Hurst are happy to assist in helping you choose the best braces option for you or your child!

Get All the Facts About Ceramic Braces!

Although ceramic is the third hardest material known to man, these clear braces are still more brittle than metal braces. If you play a high-contact sport, these might not be for you.  (But whatever braces you choose, please wear a mouthguard when playing sports!) 

Ceramic braces might not be ideal depending on the amount of alignment and bite correction needed for you or your child. They might also take a bit more time to bring your teeth into alignment. Our experienced orthodontists will be able to tell you if ceramic braces will work for you and if they might require a longer treatment to move your teeth into a healthy position.

Oral hygiene can be trickier with ceramic braces too! Although today’s brackets are now stain-resistant, you’ll still need to be careful to brush away the plaque that can build-up around your brackets. 

Cost is also another factor to consider with this clear braces option! The cost of your braces will depend on the length of your treatment, the severity of your condition, and the type of orthodontic treatment you choose!

Ceramic Braces are a Great Clear Braces Alternative!

Because ceramic braces are less noticeable, they’re a popular orthodontic option among teens and adults. If you’re interested in ceramic braces for you or your child’s ortho treatment, schedule a complimentary exam with us in St. Petersburg or Seminole

Our orthodontists will go over each orthodontic option with you to help to choose the most effective way to straighten your teeth—discreetly. Ceramic braces just might be the clear solution for creating your lasting, beautiful smile!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. Our friendly team is here to help—from your first visit to your last!

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