When we think of treatment for irregular teeth, metal braces are usually the first image that springs to mind. Even though metal braces are extremely effective and economical, they can make you feel self-conscious during your period of treatment.
We can correct and align your teeth using ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are a more aesthetic, less visible treatment method and in some situations, are as effective as metal braces.
Ceramic braces follow the same design principles as traditional metal braces. They consist of brackets bonded to individual teeth connected by an archwire, and elastic modules that secure the wire in place. Each bracket gently applies pressure to its respective tooth to move it into the desired position.
The main difference from metal braces is that each bracket is made from a ceramic compound instead of metal. Ceramic brackets are either clear or are the same colour as the tooth. This makes them less conspicuous against your teeth. Special archwires and elastic modules are sometimes used to make the braces even less obvious.
The main advantage of ceramic braces is that they affect your appearance less than traditional metal braces. The colour of the brackets is modified to be the same colour as your teeth, to blend in and become virtually invisible. You can also customise the colour of the elastic modules to create attractively coloured braces.
Ceramic braces are a great option for anyone, but they do have their own disadvantages, in particular its price. How much ceramic braces cost in Singapore naturally varies from individual to individual, but it is safe to assume that it will cost slightly more than a set of metal braces, but less than lingual braces. Ceramic braces are more expensive and difficult to produce than metal braces as they demand the use of more complicated and costly machinery and tooling.
Secondly, ceramic brackets are harder than metal brackets, but this makes them more brittle. Ceramic brackets are more easily broken by sudden large forces, especially when thicker wires are deployed. Because of this, ceramic brackets are typically manufactured to be larger and thicker than metal brackets to withstand the stress of the force applied to them.
There is a higher chance of ceramic braces breaking during the treatment. Any breakage comes with a host of setbacks and inconveniences, adding to the overall duration of your treatment. Finally, while metal and ceramic braces essentially work in the same way, treatment with ceramic braces takes a longer amount of time than metal braces. The amount of force applied has to be scaled back to minimise the chances of anything breaking.
Ceramic braces are a fantastic upgrade from traditional metal braces. While they do come with higher chances of chipping or breaking, ceramic braces can be virtually invisible from far. They are a great middle ground between metal and lingual braces.
Want to know more about the cost of ceramic braces and if it is the right method for you? Call us at 6734 0007 and book an appointment today! Our dedicated team will be more than happy to answer your questions.