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If you have always thought about straightening your teeth because of misalignment or any unwanted gaps between teeth, you may want to consider ceramic braces as a quick and efficient option. Here at Smile Cliniq, we have built a reputation for offering an immense range of services from general to cosmetic dentistry, with ceramic braces proving to be a popular treatment choice with patients.
As with any orthodontic treatment, it can take some getting used to, but we aim to make the experience as comfortable as possible. During your initial consultation with us, our specialist orthodontist Dr Francesca Pasqualicchio will explain the treatment options available to you so that you can be sure the best option for your own unique dental requirements.
Ceramic Braces – What Makes Them Different?
If you’re looking at ceramic braces out of the many orthodontic options out there, you may want to know some important differences. Traditional braces have clear metal attachments that are glued to the teeth including the aptly named ‘train track’ wires going across to help keep your smile in place. Ceramic braces offer a much less intrusive look, with the brackets made from ceramic or porcelain which will blend in with the colour of your teeth much more easily than normal metal, with the ‘train-track’ wires much less noticeable too.
Here at Smile Cliniq, we use white ceramic brackets from leading dental company 3M Unitek so you can be assured of the quality and much less noticeable properties of these brackets. Fixed ceramic braces are glued to the teeth with the wires connected to help reposition the teeth, offering a quick, efficient and comfortable alternative.
What Else Do I Need to Know About Ceramic Braces?
As well as fixed ceramic braces, there is the option to have functional braces that are removable and attached to the top and bottom teeth. This can help correct the bite and overall facial profile when successful. We recommend these with growing patients, such as children, as this will work with natural growth especially if it seems future issues may be apparent such as sticking out front teeth. This would also normally be followed by a short treatment of fixed ceramic braces to straighten teeth after the bite has been resolved.
Retainers are provided to all patients due to the fact teeth try to move back to their original position at the end of orthodontic treatment. These can either be removable plastic mouthguards that are worn at night or also the option of a permanent retainer which is glued to the teeth, holding them in position. Again, this is different for each individual and will be detailed during the initial consultation for ceramic braces.
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We also promote that good hygiene is maintained, especially if you decide to go for ceramic braces treatment. We want you to have a pleasant experience during the entirety of your treatment and keeping a good level of hygiene is a must in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Because ceramic braces, like all orthodontics, are attached to the teeth it can be more difficult to keep the teeth clean. We recommend regular hygiene check-ups and use of a fluoride mouthwash to help give the best chance of avoiding any developing issues.
Whichever method you want to consider when it comes to ceramic braces, it’s best to book in for a consultation as soon as possible so we can assess the correct treatment for you. To see a list of prices for our orthodontic treatment including ceramic braces, see our fees guide. You can either book online or contact us directly for further information including booking an appointment.
Any braces, aligners and other oral devices take time to get used to. Initially, it feels uncomfortable, with hyper- or hypo- salivation common, and a small lisp can be present, this usually disappears after a few days.
The biggest risks with any orthodontic treatment are decay and gum disease developing. As when wearing any oral device, dentures, braces, aligners, retainers, it is more difficult to clean the teeth and gums. This can cause decay and gum disease, so it is imperative to maintain excellent oral hygiene. It is often recommended to attend more regularly for hygiene appointments, use a fluoride mouthwash and spend extra time cleaning the teeth during orthodontic treatment. Please see here for further information on maintaining good oral hygiene. Small interdental brushes are particularly good for cleaning between the braces and teeth.
Retention: After treatment is completed we normally place removable (similar to a clear aligners, but non pressurised) or fixed retainers (thin wire bonded to back of teeth) to hold the teeth in their new position. Over time these can wear down or de-bond and they may need replacing, extra fees will be due when and if they need replacing.