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Porcelain and Ceramic Braces in Carson

If you need braces - for yourself or your child - porcelain or ceramic braces might just be the ticket. With our state-of-the-art ceramic braces, we can help give you or your child an amazing, beautiful smile!

What Are Porcelain or Ceramic Braces?

You may have heard of porcelain or ceramic braces and these are actually the same thing, as the terms porcelain or ceramic are used interchangeably in the context of braces. Porcelain is actually a special type of ceramic that is heated to high levels in order to create a translucent white color. This color is perfect for blending in with teeth, and thus porcelain aka ceramic braces are the best choice for people who need braces but want them to be virtually invisible. The more common term is "ceramic braces" but you may hear both terms used.

Ceramic braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces. They work like traditional metal braces, which use brackets and wires attached to the teeth to help move the teeth into place over time. Ceramic braces can fix crooked teeth and improper teeth spacing as well as fix some bite problems.

What Are the Benefits of Ceramic Braces?

While traditional metal braces are no longer seen as a horrible fate for teens like they used to be, some patients still prefer a more invisible look. There are two main options for a cleaner look: one option is the Invisalign clear aligner system, and the other would be ceramic braces.

Ceramic braces, aka porcelain braces, are often preferred over metal braces due to metal being so visible. Because ceramic braces use brackets that are tooth-colored, they aren't as easily noticeable. In some cases, the wires can also be tooth-colored. Thus, they work almost exactly like metal braces without the look of metal braces.

We also offer Invisalign clear aligners and will discuss this with you as an option - they, like ceramic braces, offer that invisible look. However, clear aligners are removable and need to be replaced every one to two weeks. For this reason and others, ceramic braces might be a better option for some patients.

What Is the Process for Getting Porcelain or Ceramic Braces?

If you or your child need braces, we will schedule a consultation where the teeth and mouth will be thoroughly examined. X-rays and images will be taken of the oral cavity, including 3D imaging if needed. We will then discuss with you the various options for braces, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign clear aligners. If ceramic braces are chosen, they will be expertly installed by our orthodontist. Regular appointments will be made to check on progress and make periodic adjustments as the braces do their "magic."

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How Long Is Orthodontic Treatment With Ceramic Braces?

The length of treatment with ceramic braces depends on the patient and the extent of the malocclusion (misalignment of teeth and/or jaw). This could be anywhere from two to three years. Ceramic braces can work a bit more slowly than traditional metal braces. This is because there is more friction that occurs with ceramic braces and teeth, and this slows down the process somewhat. The final result will be the same with ceramic or metal braces - a beautiful, straight smile!

How Are Ceramic Braces Maintained?

Ceramic braces require good dental hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing. One of the downsides is that ceramic braces are a bit more brittle than metal braces, and they can chip or crack. For this reason, patients should be careful when biting or chewing on anything that is hard, such as hard candy. The ceramic can also potentially stain if certain types of foods or drinks are regularly consumed, such as coffee or black tea. Let us know if you have any concerns about this, and our friendly staff can give you tips on proper cleaning.

What Do Ceramic Braces Cost?

Ceramic braces, like metal braces, can cost a few thousand dollars or more, but ceramic prices are slightly more expensive due to the special porcelain material utilized. Also, since ceramic braces take longer to work, more follow-up visits will be required, so there may be more of a long-term cost as well. However, insurance may cover some of these expenses, and we are happy to work with you and your insurance company on costs.

If you or your child needs teeth straightened or a bite improved, porcelain or ceramic braces may be a good choice. Contact us today for more information and a consultation.

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