How Are Porcelain Ceramic Braces Different From Traditional Metal Braces?
Porcelain ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces. The primary difference is that the brackets which are adhered to the front of your teeth are formed from porcelain or ceramic materials rather than metal. This makes the brackets tooth-colored and less noticeable.
Other than this difference, the two types of braces are the same. Neither is removable and both use an archwire and elastics to apply tension to the teeth and gently guide them into the proper position. Both types of braces also need periodic adjustments by your orthodontist to continue guiding the teeth properly.
Finally, porcelain ceramic braces aren’t as durable as traditional metal braces and may chip or break more easily. They can also be stained.
Are Porcelain Ceramic Braces As Effective as Traditional Metal Braces?
Porcelain ceramic braces are just as effective as traditional metal braces. Treatment times are generally about the same, but sometimes may be extended slightly to protect the braces because porcelain ceramic braces aren’t as strong as traditional metal braces.