Are you ready for braces?

So, you’ve finally decided to take the next step on improving your smile, but you’re not sure which route to take? Let your Eastern Virginia orthodontics team help you work through that decision. Here we will go over the difference between eramic braces vs. metal braces.


What are Metal Braces?

Most people are familiar with traditional metal braces. Consisting of metal bands that wrap around the teeth with metal brackets on the front of the teeth, metallic braces were once the only option available.

Advantages of Metal Braces:

  • Highly Effective
  • Most Affordable
    • Metal braces have become the most affordable option.
  • Customizable
    • Metal braces allow you to have fun and express yourself through creativity via your teeth! Choose your favorite colors for your brackets.

The biggest disadvantage to metal braces is their appearance. While these are not the same as your mother’s braces – over time, they have become lighter and more comfortable than ever – they do still give your mouth a metallic appearance that not everyone is fond of. Luckily, if you’re looking to improve your smile with a less obvious option, you can always try…


What are Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces, but they essentially blend in with your teeth, giving the illusion of invisibility but bypassing the disadvantages one might find with removable aligners. Brackets are clear or tooth-colored, making them nearly impossible to see from a distance.

Advantages of Ceramic Braces:

  • Perfect for patients that might be self-conscious about wearing braces
  • Works well with allergy issues
    • Some dental devices contain metals that patients might have allergies to, such as nickel. Ceramic braces are less allergenic.

Unfortunately, ceramic braces are more costly, are not quite as strong as metal braces, and some studies show they can stain easier.


The Bottom Line

Both metal and ceramic braces are a great option for straightening your teeth. It’s up to your personal preference on which option you decide to pursue, but either way, you can feel confident that you will end your treatment with the smile you’ve always wanted. If you live in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake areas and are ready to explore options for braces, contact us today to make your first appointment!