10 Advantages to Ceramic Braces

There are a lot of reasons why someone might need braces, but did you know that technology has enabled them to become much more discreet, comfortable, and enjoyable than ever before? Upcoming dances or important board meetings are no problem with this new option in dental realignment.

Teen with ceramic braces smiling for picture in Asheville

Here are a couple of important factors to know when considering ceramic braces.

1) Ceramic Braces Are More Discreet Than Traditional Braces

Though ceramic braces are made in the same shape as traditional metal ones, their brackets are small, clear, and almost entirely invisible, especially if you use a colored arch wire. This offers an alternative to dental correction that is much more discreet and attractive to potential patients. Can you imagine 18 months of photos with metal in your mouth? Not ideal!

2) Ceramic Braces Are Tougher Than They Sound!

It’s a common misconception that ceramic braces aren’t nearly as tough as traditional ones. While metal is a tougher raw material, the design and application of ceramic braces has been refined to ensure maximum durability. It is important that you find a provider who offers the highest quality available, and in that department BRO has you covered!

3) The Arch Wire can be “Colored” to Blend with Your Teeth

While the braces themselves will be made of a clear and durable ceramic material, you will still have a metal arch wire that connects them along the outside of your teeth. I know what you’re thinking一a big metal wire? What’s discreet about that? Well, you have the option of using a colored wire to blend with your teeth. This enables you to fix your smile without the stress of unsightly metal interrupting your daily life. Choose between a number of shades, like frost, silver, or white, and you’ll be amazed at how seamlessly your new alignment gear fits into the rest of your smile!

4) Ceramic Braces Don’t Demineralize Tooth Enamel

Fortunately, ceramic braces don’t demineralize the tooth’s enamel. Say what? Thanks to advanced orthodontic technology, you can trust that your ceramic brackets are attached with the highest bond strength possible, along with the least amount of change to the tooth enamel.

Further technologies have produced a top-of-the-line bonding agent to prevent demineralization and subsequent color change around a bracket during treatment. Though you shouldn’t have to worry about your tooth enamel being affected, you can expect the highest level of adhesive strength so your ceramic braces stay fixed throughout their use.

5) Clear Ceramic Braces Are Easy to Remove (After Treatment Finishes)

Clear ceramic braces come off easily when your treatment is finished. Due to the technological advances mentioned above, ceramic bracket removal is less difficult than earlier counterparts and less likely to leave demineralized tooth enamel behind.

6) Ceramic Braces Won’t Be Noticeable in Pictures

While we have all the tips for how to get the best picture with braces, why not skip the hassle altogether? With clear ceramic brackets, there’s no need to worry about how braces will affect a potential Kodak moment because they aren’t noticeable in pictures! You’ll smile easy with the comfort of knowing that your teeth are about to be the picture of health.

7) Ceramic Braces Can Work Faster Than Invisalign

Another popular option for discreet realignment is Invisalign. Invisalign may be perfect for some patients, but treatment is faster with ceramic braces because they remain on your teeth 24/7. Invisalign trays are  worn for 20-22 hours a day, and you can remove them for meals, cleaning, and events such as sports games.

The problem is that because they are removable, users can often take them out and forget to put them back in or lose them altogether. Ceramic braces offers an almost parallel level of discretion and faster treatment time.

8) Ceramic Braces Are More Comfortable Than Traditional Metal Braces

Ceramic braces are one of the most comfortable options for dental realignment. Their smaller rounded brackets and ceramic material means that they are less likely to cause discomfort or irritate your gums. Overall, the experience with ceramic braces is a lot more bearable than their metal counterparts.

9) The Latest Ceramic Braces Don’t Stain As Easily

Orthodontists first began to use clear braces in the 1980s. The original ceramic braces were made of plastic and could stain easily. Thanks to advances in technology, we now have access to comfortable ceramic braces that are clear and less susceptible to discoloration.


This doesn’t mean you should slack off on your dental hygiene, though! Without attending to your diet and brushing habits, ceramic braces can stain and become visible. An especially easy part to stain are the plastic ligatures that connect the brackets. Follow our ultimate guide to brushing with braces so that you can keep your teeth looking clean and healthy!

10) Younger Patients Can Add Flair with Colored Bands

Does your child want to add a little bit more flair to their braces? With colored bands connecting their brackets, younger patients can make their mouth gear look truly unique. This’ll make their mouth pop and definitely leave an impression. Use colored bands to coordinate with your outfit or celebrate a holiday!

What Are the Disadvantages to Ceramic Braces?

Though we feel that ceramic braces are a good option for some, there are always drawbacks. First and foremost, they are more expensive than traditional metal braces. When factoring in the cost of an already costly procedure, you may want to consider a route that is just as effective for less money.

Second, ceramic braces cannot handle as much pressure as metal ones because the brackets themselves are weaker. If your teeth require more extensive corrections, we recommend traditional metal braces.

Finally, ceramic braces require more maintenance than metal braces if you want to keep them looking pristine. Since the material itself is clear and porous, there is the opportunity for it to stain if the highest level of oral hygiene is not maintained. The team here at BRO knows that you have a lot of options to consider when seeking dental correction treatment. Why not come in for a complimentary consultation and speak with one of our many qualified doctors? We’re always happy to talk about the industry we love, and we promise that you’ll leave with something to smile about!