Ceramic braces for adults
Achieving a dazzling Hollywood smile doesn’t have an age limit. Just ask celebrities like Tom Cruise, Delta Goodrem and Faith Hill who all used ceramic braces as adults to help them perfect their famous smiles. But why would adults choose ceramic braces over other options?
What are ceramic braces?
Before we can talk about the motivations behind selecting a particular method, it’s important to understand what it is. Ceramic braces are basically the same as the traditional metal braces you know and orthodontists love – the main difference being that they’re made from a clear or tooth-coloured ceramic material so they blend in better with your teeth. While not completely invisible, they are less obvious than their metal counterpart.
Adults and orthodontic treatment
The number of adults seeking out orthodontic treatment is on the rise, and their main concern seems to be aesthetics. Many have spent years modifying their smile to hide their teeth or avoiding smiling altogether, so it makes sense that they’ll be self-conscious about their treatment as it is being undertaken.
This makes the more incognito alternatives to traditional metal braces particularly popular among adult patients. Ceramic braces, clear aligners and lingual braces all offer varying degrees of invisibility in their treatment design, but they also come with their own limitations.
Ceramic braces vs clear aligners
The rise of clear aligner treatments (such as Invisalign, ClearCorrect and OrthoCaps) have piqued the interest of many adults who don’t want everyone to know they’re correcting their bite. However, while clear aligners are an attractive option for image-conscious adults, they’re not suitable for use in all cases.
For example, you may not find clear aligners suitable if you have large gaps between your teeth or if you would require the removal of teeth as part of your treatment. Ceramic braces, on the other hand, are capable of performing the same complex tooth movements as traditional metal braces – the only difference being their materials.
Caring for ceramic braces
When undergoing treatment with ceramic braces, your care instructions are basically the same as with traditional braces. This includes how you clean your braces and the foods that should be avoided until your braces come off. One big difference is that you should limit your intake of food and drinks that have the potential to stain the ceramic materials, such as coffee and red wine.