Despite the widespread use of metal brackets in orthodontics and teeth alignment, these brackets are unpleasant for many people, especially young people and those with specific jobs, because of unpleasant appearance of the teeth. To this end, tooth-colored ceramic brackets are made with the same function of metal brackets.
Introducing ceramic brackets
Ceramic brackets are made of composite materials and ceramic alloys. The composite materials used are similar to those used to fill the teeth. These tooth-colored brackets are not visible even a distance of 1 m.
Advantages of ceramic brackets
As the main advantage of ceramic brackets, they are tooth-colored and invisible and thus can be very useful for people with misaligned teeth who need orthodontic treatment and do not want to have an unpleasant appearance.
Disadvantages of ceramic brackets
Ceramic orthodontic brackets are more susceptible and easier to break due to fragile composite materials. These brackets are also larger than metallic ones, and are slightly sharper and thinner, which can irritate patients, but they will be get used to after a few days.
The length of treatment with ceramic brackets is slightly longer than that with the metal brackets. The orthodontist should apply less force during treatment to reduce the risk of breaking the ceramics. Since the ceramic brackets are stiffer than enamel, the teeth may be abraded in contact with this type of brackets.
White or translucent elastic bands used in ceramic orthodontics may be discolored over time, mainly due to overdrinking tea or coffee. The elastic bands are replaced once a month by the orthodontist.
As another disadvantage of ceramic brackets, their detachment from the teeth is harder and more difficult than metal brackets, because the ceramic brackets are more similar to the enamel and thus have a stronger bonding force. The cost of ceramic orthodontics is relatively higher than that of conventional orthodontics, as more time and force are spent by the orthodontist for this type of brackets.