What are ceramic braces?
Ceramic braces are the general term used by dental professionals to describe brace attachments, created from a clear or tooth-coloured material. Unlike the metal attachments which are amongst the most common and well-known brace types, ceramic brackets are mostly inconspicuous. With the attachments blending well with your teeth’ natural colour, the only aspect that remains visible is the thin metal wire passing through the brackets.
The treatment relies on the orthodontist’s skills and experience, who will gradually tighten the wire on specific teeth to move them. At Baker Street Dental, you will be treated by a specialist orthodontist, trained in mild and complex orthodontic cases.
Pros of ceramic braces
Clear ceramic braces (or tooth coloured ones) are far less noticeable than metal braces, with only the thin metal wire remaining visible (when clear elastics are used).
Orthodontists have been using clear ceramic braces for quite a while, and their features and abilities have been tested and proven efficient with thousands of smiles transformed.
In comparison to lingual braces (attached at the back of the tooth), clear ceramic braces are far more cost-efficient and cater for similar results.
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Cons of ceramic braces
Clear or tooth-coloured ceramic braces typically have slightly larger attachments than traditional metal ones, which means that your oral hygiene needs to be on point during your treatment.
If you drink too much black coffee, tea, or often eat food with colouring spices, your ceramic braces may stain unless you clean them right after a meal or a warm cuppa.
More expensive than metal braces
Although each treatment’s cost varies based on the individual needs, clear ceramic braces may be slightly more expensive than traditional metal ones.
Who is a candidate for clear ceramic braces?
Clear or tooth-coloured ceramic attachments can be a fantastic solution for people who have stopped growing and have all (or most) of their teeth. Hardly noticeable, they can be your method of choice to correct your smile without having to worry too much about your appearance.
Ceramic braces are typically offered by your orthodontist for gapped teeth, overcrowding, and mild bite correction. Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, your orthodontist may offer a different treatment, or a combination of a few methods to achieve the best results in minimal time.
What to expect from a treatment with ceramic braces?
After you attend your initial consultation, and our orthodontist prepares your treatment plan, we will make sure you’re fully informed on the expected final results. When you consent to the treatment, the orthodontist will schedule your initial appointment, during which the attachments will be gently bonded to your teeth, and the wire applied and secured, so your teeth start moving.
In most cases, you will start seeing the results within the first 3 months, with the most significant changes in your smile happening in the first 9 months of your treatment.
How long is the treatment with clear ceramic braces?
While every patient is different, and no exact answer can be provided before the treatment begins, the typical treatment duration is between 15 and 18 months.
How often will you need to visit the orthodontist?
You will typically need to visit the orthodontist every 6 or 8 weeks to have your wire tightened and the elastics, holding the wire, changed.
Ceramic braces: brands and costs
Brands we offer
At Baker Street Dental, we aim to provide our patients with the best possible treatment at reasonable costs. We use 3M™ Clarity™ Advanced Ceramic Brackets, paired with clear or elastics. Treatment can also be carried out at our King’s Cross branch.
Cost of ceramic braces in our London clinics
The cost of ceramic braces treatment varies based on the complexity of the case, the foreseen duration of treatment, and any additions that may need to help achieve your dream smile results. As a guide price, you can expect that the cost will range between £2000 and £4000, and will include all of your appointments, retainers, and Phillips Zoom! home teeth whitening kit, provided at the end of the treatment.Book a free consultation