Do you need traditional orthodontic treatment but don’t like the idea of metal brackets and wires? Ceramic braces offer our adult patients at Parramatta Green Dental a cosmetic alternative to consider.
Cosmetic braces are made of tooth-coloured ceramics that help them blend in with your teeth. If you’re talking or smiling, the brackets and wires are far less noticeable than metal designs. Most people won’t be able to see you’re wearing them until they’ve looked (and you’ve shown them) up close.
What to Expect
Wearing ceramic braces involves the same type of process used for conventional orthodontics. The fixed brackets are placed at strategic points on each tooth, using a special wire that weaves between them to guide them all into proper alignment.
You’ll want to carefully clean around your braces daily, including around each bracket and under the wires. Flossing is essential. Using hygiene aids such as floss threaders or a water flosser can make this process much easier.
The length of time you wear braces will depend on the alignment of your teeth. Cosmetic treatments aimed to focus on your front teeth may only take 6-9 months to complete. Comprehensive cases require approximately one year.
Living With Braces As an Adult
In the beginning, it will take some time to get used to your new dental appliances. Having a series of brackets and wires across your smile will mean some slight modification when it comes to eating and speaking. Fortunately, with a bit of practice, you’ll feel normal in no time. It’s helpful to select foods that can be cut up into smaller pieces or steamed, instead of larger, firm textures (like carrots or steak).
When to Consider Ceramic Braces
Electing to invest in braces is beneficial at any age. As an adult, you’re committed to your treatment and its outcome. Choosing to straighten your smile can help in managing a host of underlying oral concerns, including:
- Consistent tooth decay and gum disease
- TMJ disorder (TMD) and migraine headaches
- Abnormal tooth wear
- Gaps between your teeth
- Crowded or misaligned teeth
- Overbites, underbites and crossbites
- Embarrassment or self-consciousness
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* Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.