All people want to have aligned and well-positioned teeth, but everyone cannot feel comfortable with the metal brackets commonly used in orthodontics. Ceramic brackets are considered an excellent alternative to metal brackets. Several factors cause ceramic orthodontics to be slightly more expensive than orthodontics with metal brackets.
Factors affecting the cost of ceramic orthodontics
Factors affecting the cost of ceramic orthodontics are:
Material of ceramic brackets in costs of ceramic orthodontics
eramic brackets are made of special materials, and thus are slightly more expensive. Metal brackets are usually made of stainless steel, which is less expensive than ceramic materials. Consequently, patients have to pay more for ceramic brackets because of the different materials used in their fabrication.
Ceramic orthodontic brackets are made of transparent colorless materials not disturbing the facial beauty of patients. It is noteworthy that ceramic brackets can be made of both ceramic and plastic or porcelain.
Color of ceramic brackets in costs of ceramic orthodontics
It is interesting to know that ceramic brackets may be transparent, tooth-colored, or quite invisible. As their distinctive feature, ceramic brackets can easily match the color of natural teeth. Patients with lighter teeth usually choose bright- or glass-colored brackets, whereas those with slightly darker teeth prefer to use tooth-colored brackets. The color variety of ceramic brackets allows patients to undergo orthodontic treatments with brackets that perfectly match the color of their teeth. This can in turn directly increase the cost of ceramic orthodontics.
The high cost of ceramic orthodontics due to their invisibility
Ceramic brackets are more difficult to be noticed by others around a patient. Ceramic orthodontics is sometimes classified as Invisalign orthodontics. Patients will undoubtedly have to pay more to use invisible ceramic brackets during the orthodontic treatment because ceramic brackets are much less noticeable than metal brackets.
Some adolescents and adults may feel embarrassed if they find that their friends or relatives can notice their orthodontic appliance, therefore, they would be less willing to talk to others during the orthodontic treatment. The use of ceramic brackets helps such patients to cope with these feelings.
More checkup by orthodontists and increase the cost of ceramic orthodontics
The installation of ceramic brackets requires further precision, time, and elegance. An orthodontist should spend more time installing, repairing, and re-examining such brackets. Moreover, patients need to visit the orthodontist for regular checkups of teeth and brackets.
How to reduce the cost of ceramic orthodontics
If patients want to have ceramic brackets on all their teeth, the orthodontic treatment will undoubtedly cost them an arm and a leg. Therefore, patients are usually recommended to use ceramic brackets only for their front teeth and metal brackets for back teeth, which are less noticeable, to reduce their orthodontic costs. You can visit Dr. Jamilian for free in the first session to acquire complete information about the orthodontic treatment cost.
Care for ceramic brackets
Patients who choose ceramic orthodontics should be more careful in maintaining the brackets installed on their teeth as ceramic brackets are less resistant and more fragile than metal brackets and may be easily damaged with a minor blow.
Be careful about the discoloration of elastics used in ceramic orthodontics
Despite the stain-resistance of ceramic brackets, eating some foods or drinking beverages discolors the orthodontic elastics. The long-term consumption of some foods or beverages can discolor the transparent or tooth-colored elastics used in ceramic orthodontics.