While metal braces are the most common type of orthodontics, ceramic braces are also growing in popularity. Ceramic braces offer a more subtle alternative to the traditional silver appearance of metal braces while still being just as effective.
The only difference between ceramic braces and metal braces is the color and material of the bracket (the small square of material that attaches to the front of the tooth). While traditional braces use metal brackets and colored rubber bands, ceramic braces use tooth-colored materials made of ceramic, porcelain, or plastic for a more natural finish. While ceramic can become discolored over time, most patients don’t mind a little extra maintenance in exchange for the subdued appearance of their braces.