How Do They Do That? Ceramic Braces Explained

Posted on: 1 September 2018

You have likely heard of traditional metal braces, plastic braces, and  plastic removable tray braces,  but have you heard about ceramic braces? These less common braces are a popular choice for people who cannot afford removable plastic tray braces, but still want braces that are invisible. So, how are ceramic braces made? Why else would you choose them? What concerns might you have with their care?  Those questions are answered as follows.

Dental Ceramic

Ceramic in the dental world is a special material. It is not as fragile or breakable as some types of ceramic pottery. It is actually dental ceramic, the same type of ultra-strong stuff used to make dental crowns and dental bridges. When used to create dental crowns, the semi liquid ceramic is poured into a mold  that creates brackets. The entire mold is then fired in high heat until the ceramic is quite hard. The dentist may or may not create their own  ceramic brackets. If they do create their own brackets, time is spent shaping and softening the edges of the brackets when they are taken from the mold.

Other Reasons Why You Would Request Ceramic over Plastic and Metal

Ceramic braces are, in a way, custom-made. The brackets are all tooth-colored and made to match your teeth's own natural color. They are harder and more durable than metal brackets; they are very difficult to break. When you add a clear "wire," people really have to look very closely at your teeth to see that you have braces at all.

Common Concerns

Some common concerns with ceramic braces have a lot to do with appearance, durability, sharp edges, and keeping these braces clean. Rest assured, these concerns are typical, but easily explained. First and foremost, this is dental ceramic; it is nearly impossible to break. Bridges and crowns made from dental ceramic last years and years, even when patients grind their teeth in their sleep.

As for sharp edges, ceramic braces are made with wire enclosures that round inward on the wire track. They do not have the sharp, cutting edges of metal braces, which means that ceramic braces are also more comfortable to wear. Keeping these braces clean is a snap, too. Regular daily brushing and flossing is all that is needed, since they are the same color as your own teeth and every bit as glossy as your own teeth. If you can afford the added expense, ceramic braces are a good investment. Click here for more info.