While metal braces are considered to be “traditional,” there is nothing “traditional” about the metal braces that we use. Our advanced braces are made for efficient tooth movement and optimal patient comfort. We have a variety of colored ties that you can change every visit to spice up your look. In addition, we offer clear ceramic braces that blend in with the color of your teeth, making the braces more difficult to detect.
Ceramic braces are clear, tooth-colored braces that come in colored braces, esthetic braces, or even porcelain braces. They function the same way as traditional metal braces and even offer a cosmetic alternative to the metal by using clear brackets. They’re the same shape and size, but far less noticeable when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties.
Although they’re less noticeable, ceramic braces can be less durable than metal braces, and also more costly. Ceramic braces are the perfect braces for anyone who does not want their braces to stand out but doesn't want to keep up with aligners.
Ceramic braces are better suited for adults, rather than teens or children. Although you don’t need to worry about the brackets themselves staining, the elastic ties can become discolored through habits like smoking or drinking black coffee or wine regularly.
What to Expect While Wearing Braces
Metal braces are the most common type of braces, and today, they also happen to be more comfortable than ever before. While it is normal to experience some discomfort during your treatment, various tips and tricks, like applying wax to brackets or using salt water rinses, can help.
Even though metal braces are strong, you still have to take care of them! Remember that braces are a big investment. In order to ensure that you get the best results, you should avoid hard, crunchy, chewy, and sticky foods, as they can damage your braces!
Oral Hygiene Is Important
While wearing your braces, brushing and flossing can be more difficult, but it is more important than ever to maintain proper oral hygiene as food can get stuck between your braces and teeth. So, make sure you brush for two minutes twice a day, and floss at least once a day.
We proudly offer clear and metal braces for Patients in Santa Paula, and Oxnard, and the surrounding areas. Call us to schedule your free initial exam.