Ceramic and metal braces, which type should I choose?

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Ceramic and metal braces are effective orthodontic methods, helping to improve aesthetics and chewing ability. There is no absolutely superior method. Depending on your needs and financial resources, you can choose the appropriate form.

1. A few words about ceramic and metal braces

1.1 Structure of ceramic and metal braces

Ceramic and metal braces have similar structures, including 3 main parts:

  • Ceramic or metal braces are attached to the outer surface of teeth using composite.
  • The stainless steel wire passes through the bracket groove of each jaw.
  • Elastic bands fix the braces and archwire (if using self-ligating braces, this part is not included).

In terms of operating principle, brackets and wires put pressure on the teeth, adjusting them to the correct position on the jaw. Today, thanks to modern technology, braces are gradually becoming smaller, neater and more aesthetically pleasing.

Braces are an effective orthodontic method

Braces are an effective orthodontic method

1.2 Time spent wearing ceramic and metal braces

The time for an orthodontic case ranges from 1 to 3 years or possibly longer. This depends on the complexity of the treatment, the type of braces you choose and your compliance with the doctor’s instructions.

Normally, metal braces will have a shorter treatment time than ceramic braces. Besides, self-ligating braces will be faster than using elastic bands.

Braces time is the most commonly asked factor

Braces time is the most commonly asked factor

1.3 Who can get ceramic and metal braces?

As a highly safe orthodontic method, ceramic and metal braces can fix most tooth aesthetic problems such as:

  • Underbite teeth
  • Teeth buck
  • Crooked teeth
  • Sparse teeth
  • Misalignment of bite and temporomandibular joint

However, some of the following cases require examination and consideration before getting braces:

  • People with severe periodontal disease
  • People with dentures, porcelain bridges…
  • People suffering from systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer…
Ceramic or metal braces

Ceramic or metal braces

2. Ceramic or metal braces, which type should I choose?

If you are wondering between ceramic braces and metal braces, please refer to the advantages and disadvantages of each type through the following criteria:

2.1 Aesthetics

This is the top concern of people who are planning to get braces. Even after getting braces, patients feel self-conscious and afraid to communicate due to fear of exposing their braces.

Therefore, if you focus on your aesthetic beauty, choose ceramic braces. Porcelain material similar to natural tooth color will make it difficult for the other person to recognize. Besides, the ceramic wire braces method has almost absolute aesthetics.

On the other hand, if you are not too concerned about appearance, metal braces will be the right choice.

Ceramic braces help you communicate more confidently

Ceramic braces help you communicate more confidently

2.2 Ability to eat and chew

Ceramic and metal braces both have limitations on chewing ability. When eating and drinking, you should pay attention to the following to avoid affecting your braces:

  • Avoid eating foods that are too hard when wearing ceramic braces, because they are quite fragile. The advantage of this type of braces is their ability to resist food adhesion on the surface.
  • For metal braces, food that is flexible is a problem because it sticks to the braces and is difficult to clean.
    In addition, metal braces are stronger and less likely to fall than ceramic braces. This helps you not spend a lot of time going to the dentist to reattach the braces. However, if you follow your doctor’s instructions, the chance of your braces falling out is very low.
Stay away from sticky and chewy foods like chewing gum

Stay away from sticky and chewy foods like chewing gum

2.3 Orthodontic effectiveness

Ceramic and metal braces are good at correcting misalignments in bite and tooth aesthetics. But the effectiveness and treatment time of each method is different:

  • Ceramic braces have weaker traction than metal braces. Therefore, in cases of severe tooth defects, treatment time with ceramic braces is often longer.
  • The traction force of metal braces is strong, stable, suitable for all dental conditions. Metal braces have the fastest treatment time of all methods.

If you are interested in orthodontic results and want to complete treatment as soon as possible, choose metal braces!

Change your smile, help confidence in communication

Change your smile, help confidence in communication

2.4 Cost of braces

The cost of braces is also an important factor affecting your decision. So what is the cost of ceramic and metal braces? You can refer to the price list at Da Nang Implant Dental Clinic:

CategoryPrice (VND)
Metal braces20.000.000 – 35.000.000 VND
Self-ligating metal braces24.000.000 – 39.000.000 VND
Ceramic braces24.000.000 – 39.000.000 VND
Self-ligating ceramic braces32.000.000 – 44.000.000 VND

It can be seen that the price of ceramic braces is about 4 – 5 million VND higher than metal braces. If you want to save money, metal braces will be the right choice.

Braces paid in 0% interest installments at Da Nang Implant Dental Clinic

Braces paid in 0% interest installments at Da Nang Implant Dental Clinic

3. Which dental clinic is good for ceramic and metal braces?

Ceramic and metal braces both require a doctor with deep expertise in orthodontics. At the same time, experience is also an important factor determining treatment success. Therefore, choosing a reputable doctor is essential when getting braces.

In Da Nang, Da Nang Implant Dental Clinic is proud to be home to a team of highly qualified and experienced doctors. Doctors at the dental clinic graduated from prestigious universities and continuously hone their professional skills through international training courses. With the motto “treatment begins with the heart”, doctors and nurses always take dedicated and thoughtful care for every patient.

Cosmetic braces at Da Nang Implant Dental Clinic

Cosmetic braces at Da Nang Implant Dental Clinic

In addition, modern machinery and technology systems are also strengths of Da Nang Implant Dentistry. These include the Cone Beam CT X-ray system, implant surgery machine or 3D smile design technology… All promise to bring satisfactory orthodontic results.

The patient has an X-ray with the Cone Beam CT machine

The patient has an X-ray with the Cone Beam CT machine

To ensure patient safety, the dental clinic applies aseptic procedures that meet international standards. All medical equipment is thoroughly disinfected using chemicals and specialized machinery. Finally, you can enjoy privacy with only 1 treatment chair per room.

4. Frequently asked questions

Ceramic or metal braces, which type should working people choose?

If you do jobs that require a lot of communication and focus on appearance, ceramic braces will be most suitable. On the contrary, metal braces will give the highest orthodontic effect at a cheaper cost. Therefore, choose which type of braces between Ceramic and metal braces also depend on your personal needs and financial ability.

Should I get braces or porcelain crowns to have more beautiful teeth?

Braces and porcelain crowns are both effective cosmetic dentistry methods. However, each method has its own purpose:

  • Porcelain crowns are suitable for teeth that are discolored, chipped, damaged, or have gaps or gaps. This method cannot treat the patient's bite.
  • Braces help adjust the bite, help teeth move in the correct jaw, and improve aesthetics and chewing ability for patients. Cases of misaligned teeth, protruding teeth, underbite... can use this method.

Therefore, you need to go to the dentist so that the doctor can examine you and advise you on the correct treatment plan.

Is oral hygiene difficult after braces?

The answer is no. Some items you need to prepare include:

  • Dedicated toothbrush for orthodontic braces.
  • Water flosser or interdental brush to clean bracket slots.
  • Dental floss to remove food stuck between teeth.
  • Mouthwash for fresh breath.

In addition, you should limit eating chewy, hard and colored foods to keep your braces "safe"!

Da Nang Implant Dental Clinic is still implementing a completely free consultation service, you can contact us with the following information:

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