Blend In With Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces have brackets made from tooth-colored material, so they’re not as visible on your teeth as metal braces. This is popular among older teens and adult patients with cosmetic concerns.
Giving You a Clear Alternative to Metal
Ceramic braces are also referred to as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces. The team at Dr. Lili & Associates uses them to correct your bite and align your smile like metal braces.
Clear brackets are smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material. Like their metal counterparts, clear braces use elastics to help the archwire guide teeth to place.
These ceramic options blend in well with your natural smile, and while they're not completely invisible, they're much less noticeable for patients around Southern California.
Clear Ceramic vs. Traditional Braces
People around Southern California know traditional braces as strong and durable, and while ceramic braces are also strong, they’re made from a slightly more fragile material that's more likely to chip or crack.
Traditional braces are better at tolerating pressure than ceramic ones, so metal braces may be a better option if you need more drastic corrections. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take Dr. Lili & Associates 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.
Caring for Clear Braces
You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn't been a problem for several years—ceramic brackets won't stain. However, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in place can stain.
You can avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, and mustard to reduce the chance of staining. Still, it isn't necessary since your orthodontist will change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan designed by your orthodontist, you won't have to worry about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
Cost of Ceramic Braces
Your treatment fee at Dr. Lili & Associates will vary depending on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment. We will determine a treatment fee that fits your orthodontic needs and do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
We offer flexible payment plans and automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your California insurance company for orthodontic benefits. Our goal is to provide outstanding value and affordable treatment throughout Southern California.
Ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets at Dr. Lili & Associates. One of the most significant factors impacting your total treatment cost is the materials we use for your braces.
We need to factor in the work it takes to put your braces on, adjust them, and remove them into your total treatment cost. Placing and removing ceramic braces demands more attention and technique from our experts at Dr. Lili & Associates, which requires more time.
Our treatment coordinators will go over the total cost of your treatment plan with you at your first free consultation.
Best for Adults
After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Lili and her team, we can determine which treatment option best suits you and your smile.
At Dr. Lili & Associates, we generally think ceramic braces suit adults and older teens better than children and younger teens since ceramic brackets are more likely to break and are more expensive than metal brackets.
Schedule a free consultation at one of our seven conveniently located offices in Southern California to learn if they may be right for you.