Metal Braces and Ceramic Braces: Which are Right for You?


Manchester Orthodontics

Crooked teeth are perfectly normal and it’s getting more and more common for people to have their teeth straightened, whether they are children, teenagers or adults. In the last decade or so, developments in orthodontics have been tremendous and there are now so many effective teeth straightening treatments available. Despite there being so many options available, two of the most common and cost-effective types of braces are metal braces and ceramic braces.

Let’s talk through some of the benefits of both types of braces.

Metal braces

When braces are mentioned, the image of metal braces is the one that always comes to mind. These are the traditional ‘train track’ braces that have been around for many years – small metal brackets are fitted to the front of the teeth and a wire runs between them, secured in place by elastic bands. Metal braces are certainly the most visible form of braces, however, whilst they used to be known for causing a lot of discomfort, the brackets are now much smaller so they are more comfortable and don’t irritate the mouth as much as they used to.

The top benefits of metal braces include:

  • They are strong and hard to damage, so you don’t have to worry too much about what you eat (within reason)
  • The elastic bands come in lots of different colours, so you can customise your braces to reflect your style.
  • They are extremely cost-effective when compared with other braces.
  • They can treat alignment issues that other types of braces can’t.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces work much in the same way as metal braces and are a similar and shape, but the brackets are made from clear or tooth coloured material, with metal wires running through. As a result, they are much more discreet than metal braces.

Some of the advantages of ceramic braces are:

  • They blend in with the colour of your teeth, so they are much harder to see.
  • They help the wearer to feel more confident in their appearance as they are more discreet.
  • They are generally less painful and irritating than other braces.
  • They provide a great alternative for clear aligners, which aren’t suitable for everyone and can’t correct certain alignment problems.
  • They are cost-effective compared with other discreet orthodontics.

Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to all braces, so it’s important to choose the braces that are the best fit for you. To discuss your options, call us on 0161 998 2622 to arrange an initial consultation and discuss the treatments available.

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  • Mohammad Malik
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