Clear Braces a Clear Alternative to Metal
For patients who need braces but would like an aesthetic alternative to metal braces, ceramic braces are a great option. We use 3M Unitek brackets to straighten your teeth with the same precision as traditional braces.
Ceramic brackets are slightly more prone to chipping, so Dr. Buttenbaum primarily uses them for teenagers and adults who have higher cosmetic concerns.
Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces
People throughout Paoli know metal braces for their strength and durability. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that’s more likely to chip or crack.
Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones. If you need Dr. Buttenbaum to make more drastic corrections, metal braces could be a better option. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take 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.
You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn’t been a problem for several years. Ceramic brackets won’t stain. But, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in place can stain.
This can give an overall impression of discoloration or staining over time. You can choose to avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any staining. This isn’t necessary, since Dr. Buttenbaum will change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
Cost of Ceramic Braces
Your treatment fee at Buttenbaum Orthodontics will vary depending on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Buttenbaum will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and our team will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
One of the biggest factors impacting your total treatment cost at Buttenbaum Orthodontics is the materials we use for your braces. At our office in Paoli, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets.
At Buttenbaum Orthodontics we offer flexible payment plans and automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your insurance company for orthodontic benefits. Our goal is to provide outstanding value to Paoli and beyond for a reasonable fee.
We’ll 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 Buttenbaum Orthodontics and this requires more time.
Our treatment coordinators will be happy to go over the cost with you at your first free consultation at our office in Paoli.
Best for Adults
After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Buttenbaum, we can determine which treatment option will be best for you and your smile.
At Buttenbaum Orthodontics, we generally think ceramic braces suit adults and older teens better than children and younger teens. This is because ceramic brackets are more likely to break, and they're more expensive than metal brackets.
Schedule a free consultation at our office in Paoli to learn if they may be right for you.