Ceramic braces are an excellent alternative for those who do not want to wear metal braces. The ceramic brackets can be custom-made to match the natural color of your teeth, and once bonded into place, they nearly disappear for a more discreet orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontist at Antoine Dental Center in Houston can help you decide if they are right for you.
Metal braces have been used for many years, but their appearance is considered a drawback for many older teens and adults who are concerned about aesthetics. Ceramic was introduced as an alternative in the 1980s. Ceramic brackets are strong and durable, and resilient against stains. They are even less irritating to the gums than metal brackets can be. The ceramic can be made in the color of your teeth or a semi-translucent shade depending on your needs, and will blend beautifully with your smile. If you are interested in ceramic braces in Houston, we can help.
The process for getting ceramic braces is much like the process of getting metal braces. You will have dental impressions and X-rays taken, which will be used to create your brackets. Once these are ready, our orthodontist at Antoine Dental Center will bond them to your teeth and attach the archwire. The pressure applied by the braces gently shifts your teeth into their proper positions. You will need to return periodically for adjustments, and the process can take from eighteen to thirty-six months, depending on the complexity and severity of your problems.
Braces can be used to treat virtually any orthodontic problems, including spacing, crowding, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Ceramic braces can be taken care of much like conventional braces. Brush and floss carefully after meals. Use an oral irrigation device to flush debris from around the brackets if necessary. You might need to avoid certain foods, such as popcorn or gum, since these can damage the appliance.
After treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain your new smile. Call us to learn more or to schedule your orthodontics appointment.
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