Less-Noticeable Than Metal Braces
At Nordberg Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer ceramic braces to our patients in Puyallup and surrounding areas!
Also known as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces, these work just 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 work the same way metal braces do. These ceramic options blend in well with your natural smile.
These braces offer patients a discreet treatment option, but can be slightly more fragile and more expensive than metal braces. Dr. Nordberg typically recommends them for older teens and adult patients.
Ceramic brackets are a less obvious way to straighten your smile when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties. This option is especially attractive if you’re an esthetic-minded adult or teen.
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.
The Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces
Metal braces are known for their durability and strength, but ceramic braces are also tough. They can be slightly more likely to chip or crack. Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones.
If you need more drastic corrections, Dr. Nordberg may determine metal braces could be a better option. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take a little more time to align your teeth.
Both types of braces work on the same principles and tend to work well in many cases.
You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that isn’t a problem with modern versions. Ceramic brackets won’t stain, however, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in can stain.
Over time, this may give the impression of discoloration. While 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 because we change the elastics at every appointment.
As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan put in place by Dr. Nordberg, 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
One of the biggest factors that affect the cost of your treatment will be the materials used to make your braces.
In our Puyallup 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 reasonable fees!
The complexity of your orthodontic treatment will play a part in the treatment fee Dr. Nordberg determines for you. Our office will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget while making sure your treatment meets your unique orthodontic needs.
The work it takes to put your braces on, adjust them, and take them off must also be factored into the total cost of treatment. Placing and removing ceramic braces are 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 thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Nordberg, we can determine which treatment option will be best for you and your smile.
At Nordberg Orthodontics, we think ceramic braces are generally better suited to adults and older teens because ceramic brackets are more fragile and expensive than metal brackets.
Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Nordberg to learn if they’re right for you.