Less-Noticeable Than Metal Braces
At Stacy Wolf Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer ceramic braces to our patients in Bayside and surrounding areas! Also known as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces, these work like metal braces.
Our clear braces are designed to be less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. They're smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material.
Blend In With Clear Braces
Clear braces are also referred to as ceramic braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces, and they work the same way metal braces do. These ceramic options blend in well with your natural smile.
Though they're not entirely invisible, and the brackets are about the same size and shape, they’re much less noticeable than metal braces.
Ceramic braces are perfect if you want an aesthetic treatment option but don't want the extra hassle of removable aligners and the responsibility of wear time.
Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces
Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Ceramic braces are strong too, but they are made from a different, more fragile material prone to chip and crack. Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones.
If you need more drastic corrections, Dr. Wolf may recommend metal braces instead. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take a little more time to align your teeth.
Having said that, both types of braces work on the same principles and tend to provide the same results in most cases.
If you’re worried about ceramic braces staining, that hasn’t been a problem for several years. Ceramic brackets won’t stain. But, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in can stain.
This can give an overall impression of discoloration or staining over time. You can choose to avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any staining. This isn’t necessary since we change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan put in place by Dr. Wolf, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
Cost of Ceramic Braces
The materials used to make your braces will be one of the biggest factors affecting the cost of your braces.
In our Bayside office, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets.
The good news is, we offer flexible payment plans, automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your insurance company for orthodontic benefits. Our goal is to provide outstanding value for a reasonable cost!
Treatment fees will vary depending on how complex your orthodontic treatment is. Dr. Wolf will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and our office will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
The work it takes to put your braces on, adjust them, and take them off must also be considered when determining the cost of treatment. Placing and removing ceramic braces is more sensitive to technique and requires more time.
Our treatment coordinators will be happy to go over the cost with you at your first free consultation.
Best for Adults
After a complete orthodontic examination with Dr. Wolf, we can decide which treatment option will be best for you and your smile.
At Stacy Wolf Orthodontics, we think ceramic braces are an option most suited to adults and older teens. This is because ceramic brackets are more likely to break, and they're more expensive than metal brackets.
Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Wolf to learn if they may be right for you.