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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. That’s 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, ceramic braces can help.

But why choose ceramic braces over traditional braces or Invisalign® clear aligners? Here are five reasons why ceramic braces might be right choice for your teenager:

  1. Matches natural tooth color
  2. Alternative to Invisalign
  3. Can’t be removed
  1. Straightens teeth 24/7
  2. More stain resistant

1. Matches Natural Tooth Color

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. Your teenager may appreciate not having their braces clearly showing in their high school yearbook, for example. Ceramic braces can help your child achieve beautifully straight teeth without feeling the need to hide their smile.

2. Alternative to Invisalign

If your teenager is worried about the appearance of braces, then Invisalign may be your first choice. After all, what’s less noticeable than a set of clear aligners? 

However, Invisalign isn’t always the right option, especially for teenage patients. Ask yourself: is your teenager disciplined enough to consistently wear Invisalign clear aligners? 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 will be tempted to not wear their Invisalign aligners as often as they should, then ceramic braces are a nice compromise. White braces match the color of natural tooth enamel and can only be taken off by an orthodontist.

3. Can’t Be Removed

Both aligners and white braces 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. Aligners that can be removed, like Invisalign, end up costing you more money if they aren’t worn consistently because it takes more time to straighten the teeth. 

Pain is a sign that the teeth are moving according to plan. If you’re worried your teenager will remove their aligners if they feel pain, then ceramic braces may be a better option. If your child experiences pain after we adjust their 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. Straightens Teeth 24/7

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 wear their braces 24/7, their teeth will move according to plan. That way, they won’t have to be in orthodontic treatment for longer than necessary.

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.

Learn More About Ceramic Braces

Our Grand Rapids, MI, orthodontists are dedicated to helping your teenager achieve their best smile with ceramic braces and other orthodontia services. Call Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics today at (616) 455-4800, or contact us online to request an appointment.

This blog post has been updated.