Giving You a Clear Alternative to Metal Braces
Ceramic braces (also known as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces) are fantastic, because Dr. Kovacs uses them to work the same way metal braces do. They apply continuous, gentle pressure to your teeth, shifting them into straighter positions.
They're smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material, so the ceramic brackets 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.
The Differences Between Clear & Metal Braces
Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that is more likely to chip or crack. Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones.
If you need more drastic corrections, 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 place 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, since Dr. Kovacs will change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan designed by Dr. Kovacs, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine!
Cost of Clear Braces
One of the biggest factors that affect your treatment cost will be the materials used to make your braces. In our Billings and Miles City offices, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets.
The good news is, we offer flexible payment plans, automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your insurance company for orthodontic benefits. Our goal at Kovacs Orthodontics is to provide outstanding value for reasonable fees!
Treatment fees will vary depending on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment.
The work it takes to put your braces on, adjust them, and take them off must also be factored into the total treatment cost. Placing and removing ceramic braces are a more sensitive to technique for Dr. Kovacs and our team, so this process requires more time.
Start Your Journey with Clear Braces
Dr. Kovacs generally thinks ceramic braces are generally better suited to adults and older teens living in the areas around Billings and Miles City. This is because ceramic brackets are more likely to break, and they're more expensive than metal brackets.