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Metal Versus Ceramic Braces – What You Need to Know


Dental braces are special devices that correct crooked or crowded teeth, as well as some cases of malocclusion (i.e., misaligned jaw). Perhaps you have big front teeth which tend to stick out, causing you to cover your mouth when you smile.

Typically, you would wear braces during adolescence to correct these issues. However, adults can also benefit from the corrective properties of dental braces. Today, you can find many different types of braces, including metal and ceramic braces.

Braces will allow us to reposition your teeth and align them into an aesthetically pleasing state. By using a series of devices and applications over an extended period of time, braces may be just what you need to get that optimal smile for life!

What are metal braces?

Metal braces are extremely common in the field of orthodontics. These devices are made of stainless steel brackets set up in a series.

What are ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces are made of a tooth-colored porcelain material, which makes them invisible when paired with a white archwire.

Some people refer to this type as clear braces. For this reason, people who are self-conscious about their appearance prefer this type of braces.

Timeline differences between metal and ceramic braces

Researchers haven’t found any differences between metal and ceramic braces when it comes to the duration of treatment. The latter mainly depends on the following factors:

  • Your age when you wear the braces
  • The complexity of your condition
  • The number of orthodontic problems you have
  • How compliant you are with your dentist’s instructions

The cost of metal braces versus ceramic braces

Ceramic braces tend to cost more since the material is more expensive than stainless metal. However, you shouldn’t let cost alone guide your decision.

Speak with your dentist about your case to create a tailored dental plan for you.

How do braces work

Regardless of their material, dental braces work by applying pressure on your teeth for a long period of time. As a result, your jaw’s anatomy restructures itself to adapt to the pressure.

Most people think that teeth are directly connected to the jawbone. This makes it difficult to picture how they can move around. In reality, the teeth sit within a membrane surrounded by bones. The role of this membrane is to connect your teeth to the jawbones. It is also responsible for positioning your teeth.

Studies demonstrated that this membrane responds well to persistent, constant pressure, which is why dental braces are so effective

What to expect

Your dentist will begin by creating a series of records including dental impressions, photo images and two different types of X-rays. These preliminary records, based on your teeth, will enable your dentist to calculate precisely the measurements needed, to formulate an individual treatment plan for you.

Quite often, in the case of crowded teeth, a tooth will need to be removed to gain space. Obviously, you will be informed if this is the case. Braces are usually worn for a period of one to two years. If however, only minor corrections are required, then five to six months could be sufficient

When you first get the braces, it rarely causes any pain. However, expect some soreness the first week, which is the time it takes for your braces to adjust. After each appointment with your dentist, he/she will adjust the braces slightly.

Takeaway message

Dental braces are revolutionary devices that help dentists fix several tooth disorders without the need for invasive procedures, such as surgery.

We hope that this article managed to highlight the role of dental braces in repositioning the teeth, as well as the differences between metal and ceramic braces.

If you have any questions or concerns about dental braces, feel free to reach out to us for assistance and share your thoughts.

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FAQs About Braces Treatment in Singapore

Frequently Ask Questions

You may be required to wear the braces any time from 12 months to 12 months depending on the complexity of the case.

You may need to visit every 4 week – 6 weeks for dentist to review and adjust the braces as the case may be.

You may need to give some time to adjust to the braces. Over time you will be able to speak normally.

To obtain accurate pricing information for dental braces in Singapore, it is advisable to consult with our dentist. They can provide you with a specific cost tailored to your individual needs.

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