Less-Noticeable Than Metal Braces
At Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer ceramic braces to our patients in Portland, Windham, and surrounding areas! Also known as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces, Dr. Yu corrects your teeth with ceramic braces the same way as metal braces.
All About Clear Braces
Damon Clear braces with Dr. Joanna Yu look less noticeable on your teeth compared to traditional metal braces. They're smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material.
These ceramic options blend in well with your natural smile. Though they're not completely invisible, and the brackets are about the same size and shape, they’re much less noticeable than metal braces to people in Portland, Windham, and the surrounding areas.
Ceramic braces offer patients a discreet treatment option, but, they can sometimes be slightly more fragile and more expensive than metal braces. Because of this, Dr. Yu typically recommends them for older teen and adult patients.
The Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces
People all around Portland, Windham, and the surrounding areas know metal braces for their strength and durability. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they’re made from a different, more fragile material that’s more likely to chip or crack. Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones.
If you need more drastic corrections, Dr. Yu may determine metal braces could be a better option. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take a little more time to align your teeth.
Having said that, both types of braces work on the same principles and tend to be equally as effective in most cases.
You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn’t been a problem for several years. Ceramic brackets won’t stain. But, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in can stain.
This can give an overall impression of discoloration or staining over time. You can choose to avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any staining. This isn’t necessary, because at Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics we change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan put in place by Dr. Yu, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
Cost of Ceramic Braces
Your treatment fee at Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics varies on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Yu will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and our team will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
However, one of the biggest factors affecting the total cost of your treatment will be the materials used to make your braces. In our Portland and Windham offices, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets.
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 our experts at Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics, and this requires more time.
The good news is, you can get offer flexible payment plans, automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your Maine insurance company for orthodontic benefits.
Our treatment coordinators will be happy to go over the cost with you at your first free consultation visit to either of our offices.
Best for Adults
At Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics, we think ceramic braces are generally better suited to adults and older teens. This is because ceramic brackets are more likely to break, and they're more expensive than metal brackets.
Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Yu to learn if Damon Clear braces may be right for you.