Translucent Cosmetic Braces
With the translucent cosmetic braces option, you get tooth-coloured brackets that are generally stain-resistant.
What are translucent cosmetic braces?
Translucent cosmetic braces are just like metal braces, except that they use tooth-coloured brackets (and sometimes tooth-coloured wires) rather than metal to straighten teeth.
Generally non-staining, the tooth-coloured ceramic "blends" with your teeth, making them less noticeable than metal, but not as "invisible" as inside braces or clear aligners.
These braces are made of composite materials that are weaker and more brittle than metal braces and are slightly are larger than metal brackets.
Like metal braces, translucent ceramic brackets are not removable until treatment is completed, and therefore involve the same types of issues as living with metal braces.
Other Treatment Considerations
Because they are not as strong as metal braces, translucent cosmetic braces may require a longer treatment time, since your orthodontist may need to apply a slower, more gradual force to ensure the strength capabilities of the clear brackets are not overtaxed.
This type of treatment may more expensive than traditional metal braces. As a cost-saving measure, some patients may opt to have ceramic braces placed only on the most visible teeth — typically the upper teeth or just the upper center teeth — while using traditional metal brackets on the remaining teeth that need straightening.
Also, there is some possibility of tooth abrasion if the incisal edges of the upper front teeth touch the lower ceramic brackets.