I need to get braces and am having a hard time deciding between metal or ceramic braces. Can you help? I’ve heard they’re less visible, but can have some other problems.
Dave H. – Montana
You’re right that the ceramic brackets are less visible than the metal brackets. However, they will still have the metal wire going through them, so I’m not sure how beneficial that is. Here are some of the downsides to ceramics and you can decide what you feel has more weight to it.
- Ceramics are stronger than the enamel on your teeth, so if you bite down and hit one of the brackets, you risk chipping a tooth.
- Some orthodontists charge more for ceramic brackets.
- Ceramics are harder to remove.
There is an alternative if your goal is to have less visibility on your orthodontic treatment. Have you spoken with your dentist about Invisalign? These are completely invisible, even at a conversational distance.
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