Ceramic Braces vs Metal Braces

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Your child may have been told they need braces; however, there are a few different types of braces to choose from. At Wood Orthodontics, we offer ceramic and metal braces in Weatherford, TX. 


Ceramic Braces in Weatherford, TX

There are several reasons that many patients choose ceramic braces over metal braces. Many patients say that ceramic are more discrete compared to metal braces. Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment may not want to appear they are experiencing the treatment. One option is braces that are clear and hard to see from a distance. Additionally, ceramic braces are as effective as metal braces. 

However, there are also reasons why patients may choose metal braces over ceramic. For example, they are more likely to have broken brackets than metal braces. You will have to visit our office to get the bracket reattached with a broken bracket. They are often more expensive compared to traditional braces, and are more likely to stain because of their light color. 


Metal Braces in Weatherford, TX

Many patients in the Weatherford, TX area opt for metal braces over ceramic braces. The traditional metal braces are durable, stain-resistant, and easy to use. The brackets on metal braces are less likely to break. Additionally, patients do not have to worry about staining the brackets. Since metal braces use metal brackets, instead of lightly colored ceramic brackets, patients can enjoy darkly colored drinks. Another advantage that many patients and their families enjoy is that metal braces are often cheaper. Lastly, some patients prefer metal braces to add their favorite colored rubber bands to their teeth. Often patients choose the color of their rubber bands from sports teams, holidays, and school colors. 

The main disadvantage of metal braces is that they are visible. It is harder to see that a patient is wearing braces from far away with ceramic braces. Another disadvantage of metal braces is that they can be harder to clean. Metal braces are often larger, making cleaning around more extensive and challenging to manage. If your child does not maintain a good oral health routine during orthodontic treatment, they could experience gum disease. Lastly, metal braces may also cause more gum and mouth irritation. Overall, metal braces are a more durable and cost-effective option. 


Do Both Braces Treat the Same Conditions?

Yes, ceramic braces and metal braces can treat the same orthodontic conditions. The structure of both braces is the same; the only difference is the material used to make them. Ceramic braces are made out of polycrystalline alumina, which creates the translucent appearance. Both can repair overcrowded and misaligned teeth, gaps between the teeth, crossbite, overbite, and more.


Which Braces Are Right for My Child?

To find out what braces are suitable for your child, call Wood Orthodontics. Dr. Wood would be happy to meet with you and your child to discuss your options. There is no clear-cut answer when choosing the right braces. The best solution is what works for your child and family. 


At Wood Orthodontics, we are dedicated to helping you and your child navigate the world of orthodontics. We offer two main braces options at our office: ceramic and metal. Our team of experts will help you and your family choose the right solution for you. Further, we recommend that patients as young as seven years old visit Wood Orthodontics for a consultation. If you would like to learn more about our treatment options, call our office today.