January 29th, 2013
Orthodontic treatment is very popular; unfortunately, most of us don’t have perfectly straight teeth but luckily there is a huge range of treatments on offer to straighten the teeth and create beautiful, natural smiles.
Fixed braces have been around for decades and they are still very popular; fixed metal braces are the most common orthodontic treatment because they are widely available and they can be used to treat complex orthodontic prescriptions. Most people think of metal train-tracks when they hear the words ‘fixed braces’, but there are actually a few different types of fixed braces on the market and ceramic braces are becoming very popular.
Ceramic braces, also known as clear or cosmetic braces, work in a similar way to metal braces, but they are made from ceramic materials, which means that they are almost invisible. Ceramic braces are an ideal treatment for people who need to intensity of fixed brace treatment but don’t want to wear unattractive metal braces; ceramic braces are tooth-coloured, which makes them very discreet and the brackets are often smaller and finer than traditional fixed braces.
Ceramic braces at Sparkle Dental Boutique near Hounslow are versatile and they can be used to treat a range of orthodontic issues, from crooked and twisted teeth to misaligned teeth, spaces between the teeth and crowded teeth. Braces are a very effective treatment and they could completely transform the look of your smile, as well as boosting your confidence and helping you to feel great when you smile.
Ceramic braces are getting smaller and smaller and they really are a great idea for image conscious patients who want the best of both the fields of cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics.
October 22nd, 2012
The value of having that perfect smile should not be underestimated. Shying away from your smile could affect your quality of life and as far back as 400BC, people have been looking for solutions to imperfections; metal bands have been reportedly found wrapped around the teeth on ancient mummified bodies! So it’s completely normal to want to improve your smile, and if you feel like switching on a dazzling smile today, consult Sparkle Dental Boutique near Chiswick about ceramic braces.
How do Ceramic Braces Differ?
Most people, when thinking about getting braces, will immediately envision themselves with a mouth full of unsightly metal and instantly choose not to go down that path. However, ceramic braces offer a brilliant alternative to these ‘train tracks’. The ceramic used is translucent and the braces are designed to blend in with a patient’s teeth. The ties used are also barely noticeable, often made of clear elastic or white metal. The overall result is a brace just as powerful as conventional braces, but far more discreet that allows the patient to be bold with their smile and no longer shy away. This option is very popular with both adults and teenagers, and could be exactly what you need to light up your life.
Pain, Cost and Other Worries
In this modern day, treatments are becoming more and more affordable and due to improvements in technology and equipment, they are also becoming more and more bearable. As with normal braces, some slight discomfort may be felt depending on the severity of the imperfection that needs correcting, but as most customers of ceramic braces will tell you, some slight discomfort is a small price to pay for a life-changing treatment. And the cost? That’s a small price to pay as well.
August 6th, 2012
It’s now not uncommon for people to receive treatment for orthodontic treatment, and the most common treatment is braces, which can fix a range of orthodontic problems effectively. But for many people, the appearance of the braces themselves can be just as embarrassing as the orthodontic problem it’s treating. This is a great reason to choose ceramic braces, which are just as effective as traditional metal braces, and yet are practically invisible.
How do ceramic braces work?
Unlike many other types of braces which are now available, ceramic braces work on the same basic principle as metal braces. Like metal braces, ceramic braces use gentle force to push your teeth into a different position over time, and they achieve this in the same way, using brackets and wires. However, the crucial difference is that ceramic braces are made from a different material from metal braces. The brackets are made from ceramic, which is a strong material which is also white, and so it can not be easily seen against the teeth. Similarly, the archwires are also made from tooth-coloured material. This means that ceramic braces largely work in the same way as metal braces, and yet are nowhere near as visible. Ceramic braces are also suitable for more serious orthodontic treatments, unlike some types of ‘invisible braces’ which are only able to help with minor cosmetic problems.
How what happens during treatment?
Ceramic braces are applied to your teeth in much the same way as metal braces, but treatment can be much quicker, taking between twelve and eighteen months on average. While this is longer than some ‘invisible braces’ treatments, ceramic braces provide longer-lasting results, and are suitable for more severe orthodontic issues too. Oral hygiene is of course essential during treatment, not only to keep your teeth looking good, but too ensure the braces themselves do not become damaged or discoloured. If you would like to find out more about ceramic braces please contact us at Sparkle Dental Boutique near Ealing.
January 16th, 2012
We’ve come a long way from metal braces and appliances to align teeth and correct bite. Advancements in technology and materials have enabled research and development into new types of braces for the treatment of orthodontic concerns. Ceramic braces in Hounslow are a new innovation which are not only affordable, but also speed up treatment time and remain largely unnoticed while you are wearing them.
If your dentist has identified that you will benefit from wearing braces, then you have a number of factors to consider:
- How much does your teeth alignment need correcting?
- The type of braces that will correct your bite and feel comfortable for you.
- Any other dental treatments needed.
- The type of brace treatment suggested by your dentist or orthodontist.
- The length of potential treatment time.
- The cost of braces treatment.
Benefits of ceramic braces
Ceramic braces are particularly popular because they use tooth coloured fixtures, which allow your braces to merge into the natural colour of your own teeth. You can wear these braces without it being obvious that you are wearing braces and, if photographs are taken of you while wearing ceramic braces, the braces will not show.
Made of composite materials and tooth-coloured polycrystalline self-ligating brackets, ceramic braces can have hinges and/or elastics to facilitate movement. Some ceramic braces have hinges and others have replaceable elastics that blend in as naturally with your own teeth as ceramic brackets do. You can discuss these options with your dentist.
Not only are ceramic braces strong and durable, but they are also resistant to staining. People who have worn ceramic braces report that they are comfortable to wear and do not irritate their teeth and gums. These braces are light, adhere to your teeth tightly and are designed not to break, so you needn’t feel concerned about braces shifting in your mouth. The customised size and fit of ceramic braces means that your teeth can be straightened within 17 weeks for a brighter glowing smile. Speak to our team at Sparkle Dental Boutique about ceramic braces and what they can do for you.