'Translucent' ceramic braces are a fantastic choice for a low profile aesthetic, if traditional braces or clear removable aligners aren’t right for you. However, there are a few important factors to consider before you decide to go with ceramic braces.
How are ceramic braces different than regular braces? Are they really translucent?
The brackets on traditional braces are made of metal, and with ceramic braces, they're made of a tooth coloured ceramic instead. This allows them to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth.
So while the ceramic brackets aren’t actually ‘translucent’ as such, it appears as though they are because they so closely resemble the colour of your teeth. Overall, they look is much cleaner and more streamlined than regular braces do.
Are there any downsides to this to this style of braces?
With one caveat, ceramic braces straighten your teeth the same way traditional braces do. The ceramic material is not as strong as metal is, and so they may require a slightly longer treatment period. This is because your orthodontist won’t be able to apply as much force at one time as he would with traditional braces.
Ceramic braces also cost more than traditional braces. Some patients save money on them by only having the ceramic brackets applied to their more visible upper or upper centre teeth, and use metal brackets for the rest. That way, they get the best of both worlds!
And lastly, though ceramic brackets are tooth coloured and blend in well with your teeth, they are actually larger than metal brackets are. This is not typically a noticeable difference, but worth keeping in mind nonetheless.