Post # 1
I get braces tomorrow and I am soooo super duper excited! Can’t wait to finally have straight teeth.
My options are top 6 teeth ceramic with bottom metal, OR all teeth metal. My first thought was most definetly ceramic, they are clear and I don’t want anyone to notice my braces. But I just found out some negatives with ceramics from my dentist yesterday…
Here are the cons for ceramics:
- the ligatures can stain with food and drinks. Ligatures are the clear elastics that go around the brackets, they do change them with ever adjustment so.. maybe not so bad?
- the ceramics are bigger brackets, more bulky than metal
- some people say the ceramics look funny on teeth, because you aren’t sure what they are. they are somewhat invisible and until up close, teeth can just look ‘chunky’
- they are pretty much invisible! Not noticeable in pictures.
Thats all I have for pros! LOL
What do you bees think? I really need to make a decision tomorrow and I thought my decision was made on ceramics but now I don’t know! I will be wearing these braces for 2 years so I want to make the right choice.. EK help please
Post # 3
I would do ceramic. I had metal braces (top and bottom) for 4.5 years and I was always so jealous of my friends with ceramic ones since you can barely see them! Also, the metal braces gave me a ton of mouth sores.
Post # 4
I had metal – you can see the ceramic ones anyway, they don’t look natural. They were more expensive when I had them so I just went with metal. Wasn’t so bad and at least people know what it is. Also, the ceramic ones are really obvious when you get food stuck in them and they look kind of slimy. just my opinion.
Post # 5
I had the metal braces in my late teens. I tried the clear ligatures once, and during the month they were in, the stains on them from food and drinks made them really yellow! I just got the silver ones every time after that.
Depending on the difference in cost and the amount of time needed wearing them (ceramics can take longer and cost more), I might consider ceramics if I had to do it again as an adult.
Post # 6
@Mrs. Fireworks: Good point on the mouth sores!
@bella128: LOL I def don’t want my braces to look slimy!
@strawbabies: The difference in cost is $500. My top teeth aren’t really that bad, so I am not worried about movement. But the staining does worry me!
Post # 7
Ceramic are nice because they are more tooth colored, however the ceramic has more friction that metal so can take longer to complete treatment. Clear ligatures DO stain, with everything. Coffee, tea, red wine, mustard, curry….you get the idea. It is a slightly different process to remove the ceramic braces than the metal and we have had cases where small areas of tooth enamel breaks when the ceramic ones are removed. NOT EVERY TIME but it has happened. If you are not that concerned about the appearance, metal is usually the better option. I work for an orthodontist and wore braces for 2 years as an adult recently so I would have been able to choose whatever braces I wanted, ceramic, metal, invisalign, gold lol, you get the idea. I chose metal cuz I wanted it done fast! It’s an individual choice and either one will get you where you want to be with your teeth. What an exciting time, and no matter what you choose, you will not regret it in the end, I promise, it will be worth every sore tooth and week that you have them on:)
Post # 8
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It totally depends on what you are comfortable with. From far away and in pictures (which last a lifetime) nobody will be able to tell you are wearing braces. Up close the ceramic ones look a bit odd because they look like bumpy teeth (good observation PP, stealing this.) The staining thing isn’t much of an issue with ceramic so long as you take care of them, use a draw for dark drinks and brush regularly with bleaching toothpaste (check with ortho to find out which one they rec.) As an adult nobody is going to tease you about braces whether they are metal or ceramic. Personally, I think the ceramic ones look more professional but I think it more because everyone knows they cost more.
Post # 9
I always had metal braces and didn’t think they were a big deal. I don’t think it would be worth the extra cost of the ceramics (or the longer treatment time) for me.
Post # 10
@ndfreitag: I just called the dental office and was told I am to have ‘self-ligating’ braces. They say there are no plastic ties so they ceramics don’t stain, and self-ligating the teeth move fast.
@beachbride1216: Ceramic initially made me feel more comfortable, but not if they stain. The ortho said self-ligating don’t stain so that helps my decision!
@Mrs.KMM: I was told treatment time wouldn’t be reduced with ceramic just NOW on the phone, I had to make sure!
Post # 11
I had ceramic braces twice and never had any issues with them staining or otherwise. Just make sure you brush and rinse enough.
Post # 12
OH yes self-ligating have been known to deliver a quick treatment time. That’s wonderful, my office doesn’t offer the self-ligating ceramic, just the self-ligating metal, but I know what they look like. I’m glad you are getting the best of both worlds:) Take your advil, blend up a smoothie, and I’m super excited for you! Post pics!
Post # 13
I had ceramic on the top and metal on the bottom. I always regretted not getting all metal. The ceramic brackets were much bigger and I looked ridiculous in pictures because my lips could never cover my teeth. Haha! They definitely gave me mouth sores too so I don’t think that’s a ceramic vs. metal thing. That’s just your mouth not being used to the hardware. I hope this helps. 🙂
Post # 14
You can do metal with white bands.
Post # 15
I’m going to say Metal, because I think the ceramic brackets are just as easily seen as metal brackets. It seems silly to pay more for something without that much of a benefit.
Plus, as a PP mentioned, a lot of people cannot close their lips all the way with ceramic braces, so it looks a bit silly.
Post # 16
I had metal as a kid, but I am doing Invisalign now! WAAAAY better.