Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces in Oakleigh

Patients can say goodbye to ‘tinsel teeth’ and hello to a winning smile when fitted with ceramic braces at our Oakleigh clinic! As the braces are manufactured from white or transparent ceramic material, they are less visible than metal braces as they blend with the natural tooth colour. 

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Ceramic braces serve the same purpose as traditional metal braces, in that they are a tool which corrects complex orthodontic issues. Just like traditional metal braces, ceramic braces control the movement of every individual tooth. As such, ceramic braces have a high degree of accuracy.  

Just like traditional metal braces, each ceramic bracket is affixed to a tooth and connects to the next one with a long metal wire. Patients coming to our Oakleigh clinic now have the choice to wear white or transparent ceramic brackets with a white metal wire, instead of a stainless-steel-coloured wire. Having a white wire makes the braces even less outwardly visible than traditional metal braces. 

How do ceramic braces work?

Ceramic braces work by using ceramic brackets, affixed to each individual tooth with strong orthodontic glue. The dentist links each bracket to the next one using a thin metal wire (traditional or white-coloured). Ligatures (tiny elastic bands) attach the wire to each bracket within the line of braces.

We schedule regular maintenance and adjustment appointments for approximately six weeks to closely monitor patient progress. Our caring and skilled dentist adjusts the metal wire to softly guide each tooth into its new, more-aligned position during these appointments.

Once the treatment has finished, and the braces removed, a patient will need to wear a retainer to keep their smile looking aligned and alluring. A retainer can either be fixed wire bonded, glued onto the back of the front six teeth, removable, or a combination of both. A retainer is for life – the longer patients wear a retainer, the longer the teeth remain straight!

Do I need ceramic braces?

Dentists at our Oakleigh clinic use ceramic braces to treat a range of issues, including:

  • Overbites or underbites
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Jaw disorders (including incorrect jaw position).

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FAQs About Ceramic Braces

What is the cost of ceramic braces?

Cost is understandably a common question – fixed orthodontic treatment can be one of the most extensive investments patients will make on their teeth – or their children’s teeth. Our dentists will detail the costs of ceramic braces as part of the initial consultation; our office team will provide patients with information on the payment options and payment plans we offer.

Ceramic braces cost a little more than traditional metal braces; however the difference is not significant. We aim to make our orthodontic treatments as affordable and as accessible as possible.

How long will my treatment with ceramic braces take?

While every patient is different, orthodontic treatment with ceramic braces will take between 6 to 24 months to achieve the desired results. The time difference is due to how much orthodontic work will be needed to align the teeth to the required standard.

Does treatment with ceramic braces take longer than treatment with traditional metal braces?

The short answer is no – the method of applying and tightening the ceramic braces is the same as traditional metal braces. However, we report that the ceramic brackets may need replacement a little more frequently than metal ones – this can lead to a small increase in the number of appointments required over the orthodontic treatment course.

Can I switch from ceramic braces to traditional metal braces?

We can make this happen at our Oakleigh clinic. However, there will be an added cost when a patient moves from ceramic to traditional metal braces, as well as extra appointment times. Patients need to speak with their dentist to see if it’s the right choice to make.

Do ceramic braces break easily?

From a structural standpoint, ceramic is a weaker material than metal. But it’s how the ceramic is engineered, making the ceramic brackets just as effective as their traditional metal cousins. Our Oakleigh dentists are skilled and meticulous in their practice – their approach won’t negatively affect a patient’s treatment.