Conventional fixed braces are still one of the most reliable methods of correcting orthodontic issues like crowding, misalignment, rotation, gaps and more.
But the thought of spending a year or more in unsightly metal braces is enough to put many people off treatment – especially in the present age of selfies.
If you’d prefer not to draw attention to orthodontic treatment, ceramic braces could be the solution.
They are fabricated using low-profile, tooth-coloured ceramic brackets, so they blend seamlessly with teeth – a little like camouflage.
They’re a great choice when you don’t want orthodontic treatment to become part of your signature style.
Ceramic braces work in exactly the same way as their conventional metal counterparts. The process begins with our team taking an impression of your mouth for the laboratory to make a custom-fit appliance.
When we receive the brace, we’ll invite you back to our Leeds clinic to have the brace fitted. We do this by bonding the brackets to your teeth before connecting them with wires. It’s by tightening these wires gradually over time that the braces gently pull teeth into the desired position. To help them on their way, you should visit the clinic every six weeks so we can adjust the wires as necessary.
You may experience a little discomfort at first – increased salivation and difficulties with speech aren’t uncommon but usually only last a day or two.
Completion time depends on the severity of the issues you wish to correct. At the end of treatment, we’ll fit a small, discreet retainer to prevent teeth from moving back into their old position.
While wearing ceramic braces, you may want to introduce some new hygiene habits to keep the appliance clean and debris free, since it can’t be removed to clean. Mouthwash and interdental brushes can help keep the brace in good shape, and you should continue brushing twice daily as usual.
We also recommend regular appointments with the hygienist here at The Dentist to give you the best chance of preventing issues from developing.