Frequently Asked Questions

The length of time it takes to straighten teeth using ceramic braces depends on the severity of the orthodontic issues and the individual’s unique dental situation. Typically, treatment with ceramic braces takes about 18-36 months, which is similar to traditional metal braces. However, the exact duration of the treatment may vary depending on the complexity of the case and the patient’s compliance with the orthodontic treatment plan. Your orthodontist can give you a better estimate of the time required for your specific case after an initial examination and consultation.

Brushing with ceramic braces is similar to brushing with traditional metal braces. However, you must take extra care to avoid damaging the ceramic brackets, which are more brittle than metal brackets. Here are some tips for brushing with ceramic braces:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean your teeth and braces.
  • Brush at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line, using a circular motion.
  • Brush the brackets and wires carefully and be cautious not to apply too much pressure.
  • Use an interdental brush, floss threader or waterpik waterflosser to clean between the wires and teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or an antibacterial mouthwash to remove any debris.

It’s essential to brush your teeth and braces thoroughly after every meal and snack to prevent food particles from getting trapped in the brackets and wires, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, visit your orthodontist regularly for adjustments and your dentist for professional cleaning to maintain good oral hygiene throughout your orthodontic treatment.

Ceramic braces & Clear Aligners are both less noticeable than traditional metal braces.

However, Ceramic braces will still require stainless steel or titanium wires and may be better suited for complex cases. Clear Aligners are simpler to maintain and cleaning your teeth with Clear Aligners is easier, but they may not be suitable for severe orthodontic problems. The choice between the two depends on individual needs and preferences, and a consultation with an orthodontist can help make an informed decision.

Ceramic braces, known for their discreet appearance due to tooth-coloured or clear brackets, can effectively address a range of orthodontic issues, including crooked teeth, crowded teeth, spacing problems, overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, and midline misalignment. By using gentle pressure and precise adjustments, ceramic braces gradually guide teeth into proper alignment, improving both aesthetics and functional bite alignment, although they may require additional care to prevent staining or breakage. Your orthodontist will determine their suitability based on your specific dental needs and preferences.

The duration of your ceramic braces treatment can vary based on factors such as the complexity of your orthodontic issues, your age, your oral health, and how well you follow your orthodontist’s recommendations. Generally, treatment with ceramic braces might take a similar amount of time as traditional metal braces, ranging from about 18 months to 3 years. Your orthodontist will be able to provide a more accurate estimate after evaluating your specific case during an initial consultation. Regular check-ups and adjustments are important to ensure your treatment progresses as planned, leading to the desired outcome of well-aligned teeth and an improved smile.

If you experience a broken or loose bracket, the first step is to contact your orthodontist’s office for guidance. If the bracket is fully detached but intact, you can gently remove it from your mouth to prevent discomfort. Use orthodontic wax if needed to alleviate irritation. Avoid consuming foods that could worsen the situation. Keep the bracket if it has come off completely, and follow your orthodontist’s instructions for the next steps, which may involve scheduling a repair appointment. Your orthodontist will provide expert advice on how to proceed, ensuring your treatment remains on track.