In this treatment method, ceramic or composite brackets are used instead of the commonly-used metal brackets, and the rest of the procedure is same as in the conventional methods. In this method, the orthodontic wire is passed through the ceramic brackets, and white or tooth-colored coated wire can be used at patient request. Tooth-colored brackets are selected by patients who are looking for less attractive brackets.
These toot-colored brackets attached to the outer surface of the teeth are visible from a very close distance, but are less visible in daily activities, satisfying patients with the appearance of orthodontics. It should also be noted that teeth movement in this method is slower than metal brackets, resulting in a longer orthodontics treatment period.
What is a tooth-colored bracket?
In this treatment, the orthodontist replaces the metal brackets with ceramic brackets which are colorless or tooth-colored. Wearing the orthodontic wires, either transparent or tooth-colored, can also help make this kind of orthodontics invisible. Orthodontics with teeth-colored brackets is not a new treatment.
This orthodontic treatment is more expensive. Some patients prefer orthodontics with tooth-colored brackets merely for their front teeth which are more visible and attract more attention. The orthodontist is required to analyze and examine the patient’s condition before the treatment and decide about the possibility of using ceramic brackets.
Which patients are the most suitable for orthodontics with tooth-colored brackets?
In most cases, patients ask for orthodontics with tooth-colored brackets because of its beautiful appearance. Most of the patients who see an orthodontist are adults. Global statistics show that at least one in every five patients who seek for an orthodontics treatment is an adult who asks for orthodontics because of being sensitive about their appearance at workplace, university, etc. The overall point is that tooth-colored brackets or ceramic brackets are more fragile than metal brackets. So, they tolerate gentler strokes. It is necessary for an orthodontist to decide about the possibility of using these brackets with regard to your condition.
Orthodontics with tooth-colored teeth is also applicable to teenagers and children. However, this treatment is not normally suggested for children, because it requires more care to avoid breaking brackets.
Advantages of orthodontics with tooth-colored brackets
The main benefit of orthodontics with tooth-colored brackets is its beautiful appearance. Compared with metals, ceramics cause less sensitivity. Thus, for patients who are sensitive to metal, ceramic brackets would be better.
Disadvantages of orthodontics with tooth-colored brackets
The main concern regarding the orthodontics with tooth-colored ceramic brackets in comparison with metal brackets is their fragility. This break ability makes the orthodontist apply more gentle pressure to teeth which may be restrictive.
Depending on the suitable orthodontic treatment for you, this difference between ceramic and metal brackets may not cause any problem in your treatment process. Sometimes, this limitation may lengthen the procedure of treatment. Depending on your condition, it is possible that the treating orthodontist does not prescribe the orthodontics with tooth-colored brackets for you. Also, ceramic brackets which are the same color as your teeth need more attention and are more bound to break while chewing or in case of sudden pressure. The recurrent breakage of ceramic brackets which happens due to insufficient caring prolongs the treatment course and increases its expenses. The other disadvantage of orthodontics with tooth-colored teeth is its being more expensive than metal brackets.
Nowadays scientific and technological advances have led to the establishment of composite brackets which not only involve all the advantages of ceramic brackets but also have overcome these brackets’ drawbacks. However, they are more costly in comparison with metal brackets which is problematic.