Ceramic braces are just as effective as metal braces in correcting alignment, and may be a good option for adults who want a more aesthetically appealing appearance. However, ceramic braces are not as durable as metal braces, so we do not recommend them for children or patients who play contact sports.
As with metal braces, ceramic braces consist of a combination of bands, brackets and wires attached to the teeth using dental cement. You may also have to use headgear and elastics during your treatment. The bands and brackets can be colored to match your teeth, and some patients are candidates for clear wires.
Every few weeks, you will come to our office for an adjustment. During the appointment, Dr. Wiewiora or Dr. Dunn will exam your teeth and braces to ensure that everything is in good order, and that treatment is progressing, then slightly tighten the wires. This increases the tension on the teeth to help them move into the desired position.
Patients who have ceramic braces tend to experience less irritation compared to patients with traditional metal braces. The primary symptom of ceramic braces is discomfort after each tightening of the wires. This should only last for a few days, and over-the-counter pain medication can help.
Although patients may have a preference for a specific type of braces or aligner, Dr. Wiewiora or Dr. Dunn will recommend the type that is best for your specific need, based upon your diagnosis and treatment plan.
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Wiewiora & Dunn Orthodontics Does Digital Impressions
Traditional impressions can be unpleasant and uncomfortable but at Wiewiora & Dunn Orthodontics, we have an iTero® Element™ scanner that can take digital impression of the mouth without the mess. In addition to being a more pleasant and comfortable experience, digital impressions are more accurate and precise than the traditional ones. Our practice is continually striving to provide our patients with the latest technology and advancements in orthodontics. This is why we utilize iTero® digital impressions.