FAQs - Fixed Ceramic Braces

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Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct malocclusions or misalignments of the teeth. They consist of clear or tooth-coloured ceramic brackets that are attached to the teeth, with archwires running through them to shift your teeth into the correct position.

The cost of ceramic braces varies depending on the complexity of the treatment needed. At One Devonshire Place in Birmingham, the cost typically ranges from £2000 to £6000. It's best to consult with your orthodontist for an accurate quote as your personal treatment plan might involve additional costs.

The primary advantage of ceramic braces is their aesthetic appeal - they are less noticeable than metal braces, making them popular among adults. They are also less likely to irritate your gums. However, ceramic braces can be slightly more expensive than metal braces and are more prone to staining if not properly cared for.

Functionally, ceramic braces work in much the same way as metal braces to correct misaligned teeth. The main difference lies in their appearance: ceramic braces are less noticeable due to their clear or tooth-coloured brackets. However, they can be a bit more fragile than metal braces and require diligent care.

The discomfort experienced during orthodontic treatment tends to be more related to the adjustment of the braces rather than the type of braces used. Some patients may feel slight discomfort when ceramic braces are initially fitted or adjusted at One Devonshire Place, but this usually subsides within a few days.

The length of treatment with ceramic braces largely depends on the complexity of the case. On average, most patients at One Devonshire Place complete their treatment in 18 to 24 months, but some cases might take longer.

While the ceramic brackets are stain-resistant, the clear elastic ties attached to attach the archwire can stain if not properly cared for. To avoid this, it's recommended to avoid foods and drinks that can cause staining, like coffee, tea, and red wine, and maintain good oral hygiene.

Proper oral hygiene is crucial when wearing ceramic braces. Brushing your teeth after every meal and using interdental brushes or floss to clean between your braces and teeth can help prevent plaque build-up and staining. Regular check-ups at One Devonshire Place will also help ensure that your braces are in good condition.

Yes, you should avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods that can damage or dislodge your braces, like toffees, hard sweets, and crusty bread. It's also wise to limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, which can lead to tooth decay and staining.

Typically, patients at One Devonshire Place are advised to have a check-up every 4 to 6 weeks to monitor progress and make necessary braces adjustments. However, this can vary depending on the individual's treatment plan. Regular appointments ensure that your treatment is on track and progressing as planned.