About Clear Braces in Syracuse
At Coleman Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer ceramic braces to our patients in Syracuse, Ogden, Salt Lake City, and surrounding areas! Clear braces are perfect if you want a low-profile look.
Clear braces are also referred to as ceramic braces, tooth-colored braces, and aesthetic braces, and Dr. Coleman uses them to straighten your smile the same way as they do with metal braces.
All About Clear Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients around Syracuse who have cosmetic concerns.
While ceramic braces are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene because they are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, they tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
These ceramic options blend in well with your natural smile. Though they're not completely invisible, and the brackets are about the same size and shape as metal braces, they’re much less noticeable than other treatment options.
Ceramic braces offer patients in Syracuse a discreet treatment option, but, they can sometimes be slightly more fragile and more expensive than metal braces. Because of this, Dr. Coleman typically recommends them for older teen and adult patients.
Blend in With Clear Braces at Coleman Orthodontics
Ceramic brackets are a less obvious way to straighten your smile when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties. This option is especially attractive if you’re an esthetic-minded adult or teen around Syracuse.
Ceramic braces are perfect if you want an aesthetic, less visible treatment option from Dr. Coleman but don't want the extra hassle of removable aligners or the additional responsibility of managing your wear time.
Even though most of our Coleman Orthodontics patients in ceramic braces love how discrete they are, we do have some teens and adults who like to use colored ligature ties to give their braces a glowing neon accent. The colors pop against the clear brackets, creating a unique and eye-catching look.
Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces
Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they are made from a material that is slightly more prone to chipping and cracking.
Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure or impacts than newer ceramic ones—as such, we tend to recommend ceramic braces to our older and more responsible patients, as they’re more able to avoid harsh impacts that might damage the brackets.
If you need more drastic corrections, Dr. Coleman may determine metal braces could be a better option. Since metal braces can be set a bit tighter than ceramic braces, they tend to work faster, and thus are slightly better suited to make larger adjustments.
That being said, both types of braces work on the same principles and tend to be equally as effective.
You may have heard about ceramic braces staining, but that’s no longer an issue. Though your ceramic brackets won’t stain, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold your wires have a small chance of staining.
In order to fully negate this risk, you can be extra prudent about brushing after meals, or you may choose to avoid excesses of staining foods like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. None of this will likely be necessary since we change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan put in place by Dr. Coleman, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
Cost of Ceramic Braces in Syracuse
One of the biggest factors that affect the cost of your treatment at Coleman Orthodontics will be the materials used to make your braces. In all of our offices, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets.
The good news is, we offer flexible payment plans, automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your insurance company for orthodontic benefits. Our goal is to provide outstanding value for reasonable prices!
Treatment fees will vary depending on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Coleman will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and our office will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
The work it takes to put your braces on, adjust them, and take them off must also be factored into the total cost of treatment. Placing and removing ceramic braces is more sensitive to technique and requires more time.
Our treatment coordinators will be happy to go over the cost with you during your first free consultation.
Best for Adults
After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Coleman, we can determine which treatment option will be best for you and your smile.
At Coleman Orthodontics, we generally think ceramic braces are generally better suited to adults and older teens. This is because ceramic brackets take a bit more responsibility to upkeep, and they're more expensive than metal brackets.
Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Coleman at our Syracuse office to learn if clear braces are the right option for you.