Fixed Orthodontic

Orthodontics with Tooth-Colored Brackets

woman with tooth colored brackets at the dental office

In orthodontics with tooth-colored brackets, known as white orthodontics, ceramic (glass) or composite brackets are used, instead of common metal brackets. Other treatment steps in this method are the same as conventional methods. In white orthodontic treatment method, the wire that passes through the ceramic brackets is visible. If the patient wishes, white and tooth-colored coated wires could be used. White bracket is often chosen by patients who do not like to attract much attention. In the following, tooth-colored orthodontic brackets are further examined.

Properties of tooth-colored orthodontic brackets

In white orthodontics, brackets are the same color as the teeth, but they are visible from a very close distance because the brackets are attached to the outer surface of the teeth. However, these brackets are less visible in patients’ daily activities and some patients express more satisfaction with this method in terms of orthodontic appearance. It should be noted that tooth movement in the white orthodontic treatment is slower than that in orthodontics with metal brackets. Thus, the treatment takes a longer period.

advantages of orthodontics with tooth colored brackets

Today, orthodontics with tooth-colored brackets has gained great attention. However, it is recommended to trust your orthodontist and leave the decision regarding choosing the best orthodontic treatment to them and never insist on a specific orthodontic appliance. Tooth-colored orthodontic treatment has recently become more popular and often costs more.

What is a tooth-colored bracket?

In this method, the orthodontist replaces metal brackets with white or colorless ceramic or composite brackets. Using the tooth-colored or transparent orthodontic wire is very effective in making this type of orthodontics invisible. Some patients prefer to use white orthodontics and tooth-colored brackets only for the front teeth that are more visible and attract attention. The orthodontist should carefully examine the patient’s condition before treatment and decide on the possibility of using tooth-colored 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

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.

Orthodontics with tooth-colored brackets FAQ

1- How much is the cost of white orthodontics and tooth-colored brackets?

The white orthodontics cost may vary depending on various factors, so that a fixed cost could not be specified. Patients should first be examined to determine the white orthodontics cost based on their conditions and orthodontist’ opinion, if appropriate.

2- Is white orthodontics completely the same color as the teeth and not visible?

When white and tooth-colored orthodontic brackets are used, as the name suggests, tooth-colored orthodontic components are selected in order to be less noticeable. However, these white brackets are not completely invisible and could be seen, especially from a close distance. In general, white brackets are usually less visible than conventional ones.

3- Is white orthodontics suitable for children?

Yes. However, the orthodontist’s opinion is always a priority. White orthodontics could be suitable for all patients, including children. It should be mentioned that white brackets require a lot of care due to fragility. Therefore, it may be difficult for children to take care of them.

4- How long is the duration of white and tooth-colored orthodontic treatment?

Duration of orthodontic treatment generally depends on the patient’s condition and is determined by the orthodontist after examining the patient. The white orthodontic treatment duration is much longer than conventional and metal orthodontics because there is not much pressure on the brackets. As a result, the pressure applied to the jaws and teeth is less.

5- Can severe jaw and teeth problems be solved by white orthodontics and tooth-colored brackets?

White orthodontic brackets are more fragile and weaker than conventional metal orthodontic brackets. Therefore, there is not much pressure on the jaw and teeth during white orthodontic treatment. For this reason, white orthodontics is not recommended to correct severe jaw and teeth abnormalities because it could not apply the necessary pressure to the jaws and teeth to remove these complications.

Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist
About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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