Tons of people have to get braces, even adults, which is why people are often concerned about the way their braces look. It can definitely be a self-conscious thing for adults and especially teenagers. However, there are lots of options out there now several among which have a low profile. In fact, Invisalign braces are nearly invisible.
If you are asking yourself which type of braces you should choose, let’s have a look at the differences between ceramic braces and metal braces. Ceramic brackets are composite materials that are very strong and stain resistant. Some brands are Mystique, Transcend, and Clarity. These braces are popular with self-conscious people because they blend in with the natural color of your teeth much better than metal braces. You might not have noticed, but Tom Cruise had these braces at one time.
Ceramic braces have been known to be more comfortable and cause less irritation to the gums for most people. They are very strong and rarely break or come off your teeth. In fact, they stay on just as well as metal brackets. The downside is that ceramic is more expensive and the treatment can take a little longer than with metal braces.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces and they are known for their toughness/durability. They do cause more irritation, but it is usually abated after your cheeks and gums become adjusted. Most metal brackets are small and glued to the front of your teeth. Then a metal bar is wrapped around through each bracket to complete the brace. The obvious drawback to metal braces is their conspicuous nature. They can sometimes insight name calling from teenagers such as “metal mouth” and other various derogatory labels. They can also irritate any sores or abrasions you might have in your mouth more than other braces types.
If you are looking to decide which type of braces you want for you mouth, I would definitely weigh the options to see which pros and cons fit your needs best.