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5 Benefits of Ceramic Braces for Teens

5 Benefits of Ceramic Braces for Teens Grand Rapids MI

Our orthodontists understand that not everyone feels comfortable with highly visible metal on their teeth, which is why we provide patients with the option of ceramic braces.

These nearly invisible braces have ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wire so you can smile with confidence during orthodontic treatment. Whether your child has crooked teeth or significant issues with bite alignment, you can count on our combined years of experience.

Benefits of Ceramic Braces

1.) Matches Natural Color of Teeth

We use Radiance Plus™ because it is the clearest ceramic twin bracket available. Each Radiance Plus bracket is created from a single crystal of pure-grown sapphire. The crystal is honed and heat-polished into a remarkably strong and beautiful bracket that’s nearly invisible.

Many teenagers feel self-conscious of their appearance, especially during orthodontic treatment. Ceramic braces can help your child achieve beautifully straight teeth without feeling the need to hide their smile. Your teenager may appreciate not having their braces clearly showing in their high school yearbook.

2.) Alternative to Invisalign

Is your teenager disciplined enough to consistently wear Invisalign clear aligners? Like the name suggests, Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners your child can remove to eat and brush their teeth. While some teenagers are able to consistently wear Invisalign 20 to 22 hours a day, it’s important to remember that each child is different.

If you suspect your teen lacks the willpower for Invisalign, ceramic braces are a nice compromise. White braces match the color of natural tooth enamel, yet can’t be removed. Your child’s orthodontist will be able to discuss their options so you can choose what’s best for your child.

3.)Can’t Be Removed by Patient

Aligners that aren’t worn consistently cost you money by extending how long it takes to straighten teeth. Aligners and white braces both work by exerting pressure on teeth to move, which can be temporarily painful after an appointment. Fortunately, ceramic braces are bonded to your teen’s teeth so they can’t be removed at the first twinge of pain.

Pain is a sign that the teeth are moving according to plan. If your child experiences pain after we adjust their teeth braces, we recommend over-the-counter pain relievers and eating soft foods. The pain will subside after a day or so once their teeth move into place.

4.) 24/7 Teeth Straightening

People can lose ground with Invisalign if they forget to pop their aligners back in after meals. Ceramic braces, on the other hand, are always bonded to your teen’s teeth so they can’t be forgotten. Since your teen will be wearing their braces 24/7, their teeth will move according to plan. That way, they won’t have to be in orthodontic treatment longer than they have to.

5.) More Stain Resistant

The first white braces were made from plastic and easily stained by tomato sauce and other foods. Fortunately, today’s ceramic brackets resist staining so your child can maintain a beautifully white smile during treatment.

Just to be clear, your teen will still need to avoid staining the clear elastic ties we use to attach the archwire to their brackets. However, elastic ties are always replaced during each appointment even if staining occurs.

Our orthodontists are dedicated to helping you achieve your best smile with ceramic braces and other orthodontia services. To request an appointment with our Grand Rapids orthodontists, call Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics at (616) 455-4800.