The question about whether to get ceramic or metal braces has always been difficult to answer. There is a considerable price difference between the two, with ceramic being more expensive than its metal counterparts.
In terms of functionality, there is actually no difference between the two, as they both perform their duty of straightening your teeth quite well. The difference is ultimately all about aesthetics.
Natural Versus Artificial
One of the many benefits of getting ceramic braces is how more ‘natural-looking’ they are. Although they are similarly fitted to the front of your teeth and are around the same size as their metal counterparts, they have almost the same colour as your teeth. This means that from afar, it can be very difficult for people to tell if you are actually wearing braces.
This is in contrast to metal braces, which add a noticeable glint to your teeth and make them look artificial. Ceramic braces do have a downside, though; because they typically have the same colour as your teeth, they tend to stain easily.
Metal braces are arguably the most affordable kind of teeth straighteners in the market. Although many see them as somewhere on the ‘bottom end’ of the hierarchy of braces, they are more suitable for people who want their teeth straightened fast. Ceramic braces are just as effective in straightening your teeth as metal, but due to the increased friction, the actual treatment is longer.
Metal, on the other hand, has less friction and is physically stronger than ceramic. Apart from achieving a quicker treatment, people who wear metal braces do not have to worry about eating tougher foodstuffs that can potentially damage their braces.
In the end, the choice to get either metal or ceramic braces ultimately depends on whether you want teeth straighteners that look more natural, or are more resilient while simultaneously offering quicker treatment. If you are still unsure about which type of braces to get, let Blue Sky Dentistry’s team of professionals help you out. We have a range of orthodontics treatments from metal and ceramic to removable aligners.