Giving You a Clear Alternative to Metal
Ceramic braces use clear materials, so they're less visible on your teeth than metal braces. We mainly use ceramic braces on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
While they are visually less prominent, they require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than lower ones.
Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces
Metal and clear braces work the same way, but the materials we use for clear braces are slightly more fragile so they can be more prone to damage.
You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn't been a problem for several years. However, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in place can stain.
You can avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, and mustard to reduce the chance of staining, but it isn't necessary since Dr. Rafaill will change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan designed by Dr. Rafaill, you can enjoy your coffee or red wine with a smile.
Cost of Ceramic Braces
Your treatment fee at Straight Smiles Orthodontics will vary depending on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Rafaill will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and we’ll do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
The good news is that Dr. Rafaill offers flexible payment plans and automatic bank drafts, and we’ll check with your Michigan insurance company for orthodontic benefits. We aim to provide outstanding value to Shelby Township, Novi, Rochester Hills, and beyond for a reasonable fee.
At Straight Smiles Orthodontics, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal ones. One of the most significant factors impacting your total treatment cost is the materials we use for your braces are a little more fragile.
We need to factor in the work it takes to put your braces on, adjust them, and remove them into your total treatment cost. Placing and removing ceramic braces demands more attention and technique from Dr. Rafaill, so treatment can take slightly longer.
Our treatment coordinators will be happy to discuss the cost with you at your first free consultation at our Shelby Township, Novi, or Rochester Hills office.
Best for Adults
After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Rafaill, we can determine which treatment option is best for you and your smile.
At Straight Smiles Orthodontics, we recommend ceramic primarily for adults and older teens because the brackets are more likely to break and are more expensive than metal brackets.
Schedule a free consultation at our Shelby Township, Novi, or Rochester Hills office to learn if they may be right for you.