How are Metal and Ceramic Braces Different?

How are Metal and Ceramic Braces DifferentGetting braces is a major orthodontic procedure. For many, they are necessary in order to straighten their teeth and make for a great smile. However, it can be a challenge to decide what type of braces to get––metal braces or ceramic braces. While both serve the same purpose and have the same goal, there are a variety of differences that may cause you to go with one over the other. Read on for more information on ceramic and metal braces to help you determine what will work best.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most popular and most commonly used style of braces. They are made of stainless-steel brackets which are held together with metal wire and small rubber bands. Metal braces are strong, durable, and highly effective in straightening teeth and correcting bite formation. Metal braces have been a mainstay in oral health for over 100 years;they are both reliable and effective. However, today’s braces are smaller and far more complex than the models that were used in the early 20th century.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are built in the same way as metal braces, but they are made out of porcelain rather than stainless steel. This is generally so that they can be made to match the color of the
wearer’s teeth. White wires and clear brackets are generally used in conjunction with ceramic braces in order to give a minimal and sometimes nearly-invisible appearance. Ceramic braces perform the same job that metal braces do, but they sometimes must be worn for longer as they are not as strong and suffer from additional friction throughout the treatment.

Benefits of Metal Braces

As mentioned, metal braces tend to be stronger because of their material. They are also usually a bit cheaper than their ceramic counterparts. They will work faster, which will allow you to finish treatment as quickly as 6 months, depending upon the severity of your condition. Because they are so sturdy, many people opt for metal braces in order to guarantee that their treatment will be quick and effective.

Benefits of Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces provide a far more desirable aesthetic than metal braces. If you are self-conscious about your appearance, you may decide to go with ceramic braces to minimize their conspicuousness. You can customize the color of the ceramic to match your teeth, making them look as natural as possible. Ceramic braces might also be necessary for those who have a metal allergy that renders them unable to wear metal braces.

Which Braces Should You Get?

Whether you opt for metal or ceramic braces usually comes down to personal preference and financial plausibility. Many adults go with ceramic braces because they can afford to and because they don’t want to have the appearance of metal braces. However, some people trust the durability of metal braces and choose them, knowing that their treatment will be quicker.

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