Cost of ceramic braces and their pros and cons

If you’re considering getting braces to get a better smile and teeth formation, then ceramic braces should be one of your options. These braces are considered to be better than the metallic ones because they hide well within sight.
In this post we will consider the following aspects of ceramic braces:

How much do ceramic braces cost?
What are their advantages and disadvantages?
What are ceramic braces made of?

How much do Ceramic braces cost?

Ceramic braces can cost anywhere between $4000-$8000 depending on factors such as your geographical location, the composite of the material used and case complexity. They tend to be more expensive as compared to conventional metallic braces but more affordable compared to lingual braces.
If cost is a major factor for you, the following comparison between the types of braces will help you make a better decision.
Cost of different types of Ceramic braces
Metallic braces
$3,000 - 7000
$4000 - $7400
Ceramic braces
$4000 - $8000
Lingual braces
$8000 - $10,000

The cost difference is due to the material used and the brand of ceramics. Another factor which influences cost is that it takes longer time for treatment and may cause more difficulties due to breakage of ceramics.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Ceramic braces? 


 The biggest advantage of using them is that they make the braces look inconspicuous. This can enhance your smile and people wouldn’t notice you have braces on especially if they see you from a distance. Having stains on your braces would defeat the purpose of having them look transparent. Ceramic braces do not tend to stain easily and they can be replaced during monthly brace adjustments.


They are fragile
: This is where a major disadvantage lies. While metallic braces are sturdy, ceramics tend to be prone to breakage from pressures during chewing. This tends to elongate the treatment process.

Ceramics are hard on gums: Compared to metal braces, these tend to feel more rough. This may especially aggravate younger children when they first use them. However, most braces do need a little getting used to and as such you will eventually get adjusted to them.

More expensive: We have already seen that ceramic braces cost much more than traditional braces made of metal. The added transparency comes with extra costs but prices tend to vary with the brand
of braces in use. Ceramics are more expensive for Orthodontists to get than regular metallic braces. They also take more time to install.

Bottom teeth issue: The material used in dental ceramics is harder than your tooth enamel. Hence there is a possibility that the braces may cause significant damage to it. Your orthodontist may tell you that they do will not install the braces on your bottom teeth in case of such danger.

Now that we know the cost and their pros and cons, lets understand what are ceramic braces made of.

What are ceramic braces made of?

Ceramic dental braces which are also known as clear or white braces are made of poly-crystalline or mono crystalline alumina. The former is more white in its appearance which makes it blend in with teeth while the latter is more translucent (hence the name clear braces). The major difference between ceramic braces and metallic is that they are made of clear brackets.

These brackets tend to look transparent which makes them less noticeable. Another good thing about them is that they tend to stain less so they can remain transparent for the time that they are in use.

It should be noted that a wire holds the ceramics together (just like in case of other metallic braces) but even that is matched to a great extent to the color of the teeth so that it blends in.

We sincerely hope that this article has helped you understand all about ceramic braces. If you have any queries, please post them here below.

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