Ceramic (porcelain) braces are a common alternative to metal braces. They are similar in size and shape and have the same type of brackets that are attached to the front of each tooth and are then wired together. However, the difference is that clear/Sapphire or tooth-colored brackets (and sometime tooth-colored wires) are used to make the braces far less visible. They are usually somewhat more expensive than metal braces and must be cleaned properly in order to avoid stains and stay “invisible.” They can be a beautiful alternative to metal braces, but are not recommended for severe cases.
Ceramic braces come in two types, but either way, they blend in very well:
- Semi-translucent or clear/Sapphire brackets — better for very white teeth
- Tooth-colored ceramic — better for slightly darker teeth
They are also strong if they are high-quality, and usually won’t chip or break unless badly abused. The brackets are bigger than metal braces, but because they blend in this is not an issue for most patients.