Plastic Surgery

Ceramic and Sapphire braces

What are the Ceramic and Sapphire braces?

Clear braces also known as ceramic braces work the same way as metal braces do. The only difference is that they use clear or tooth colored brackets instead of metal ones. They are a great alternative for patients who want a more esthetic alternative to metal braces but are not confident that they will wear their clear aligners, such as Invisalign, as much as they would need to.

Sapphire braces are made of pure monocrystalline sapphire and are very translucent. The brackets are virtually invisible up to a white tooth while being very strong and dependable. In most cases the treatment time is the same as metal braces and the experience is much more pleasurable as one’s peers do not notice the braces being worn.

Clear or ceramic brackets are very strong and generally do not stain. The ligatures (tiny rubber bands) that hold the arch wire on to the ceramic brackets are often white or clear. This looks great at first, but the ligatures can stain. Unless you eat a lot of curry, smoke, or drink a lot of black coffee, this generally isn't a problem. Note that the ligatures are changed each time you get an adjustment - usually, monthly. It's only the ligatures that stain, not the brackets themselves.

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