Are you considering orthodontic treatment? Ceramic braces might be the option for you.
Ceramic braces are clear (or white) braces that offer the same quality of treatment as traditional metal braces, but with aesthetic-centred characteristics, so you won’t have to worry about feeling self-conscious during the treatment period and you can still benefit from a high standard of orthodontic treatment – no compromises. Ceramic braces are a fixed brace type, which are a particularly good option for straightening teeth because the teeth can be repositioned more precisely. Unlike removable brace types such as Invisalign, you do not have to worry about keeping track of the time the braces are worn each day as they are permanently fixed during the treatment period.
So what type of orthodontic problems can be corrected with ceramic braces?
Ceramic braces have the same technical characteristics as traditional metal braces and therefore correct the same issues. These include overcrowded teeth that have unnatural gaps between them as well as overbites and underbites – the former is when the upper front teeth are biting too far forward over the lower front teeth, the latter when the lower teeth protrude over the upper front teeth. Ceramic braces can also tackle open bites, which is when the front teeth cannot occlude (bite) together, despite the back teeth touching. Finally, ceramic braces can be used to correct cross bites – this is when several of the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth.
What is the process behind getting ceramic braces step-by-step?
- Initial consultation – You will need to visit us for an initial consultation where we can talk you through the treatment process and discuss whether ceramic braces are the correct treatment for your condition.
- Once a bespoke treatment plan has been drawn up, your orthodontist can take impressions of your teeth, so that the braces can be an exact fit for your teeth.
- Once these impressions have been taken your brace can be made up and fitted. Your teeth will be deep cleaned before this to remove any tenacious staining (plaque and tartar).
- The brackets can be glued onto your teeth and firmly bonded in the correct position.
- The archwires and elastics can then be adjusted, so that they can begin the process of moving your teeth into a desired position.
- During the treatment period, you will need to visit us regularly to have your progress checked and the brace adjusted accordingly.