The downside of Ceramic Braces
Ceramic Braces do come with some disadvantages:
- They are less resilient or absorbent to shock abuse or force than metal braces. Whether clear or not, ceramic braces are more brittle and sensitive to shock so that they can break, chip or fracture easily.
- Ceramic braces cost more to the patient because they are more expensive for the orthodontist to procure.
- Ceramic brackets generally present more friction when sliding the metal ties to adjust the brace which accounts for more effort and time in the process. But the latest generation of ceramic brackets with metal slots has made this a problem of the past.
- Because ceramic is harder than enamel, teeth that bite or rub against the brackets can easily wear where the brackets contact the teeth. This is why ceramic braces don’t get recommended in certain teeth biting patterns or tooth anatomy such as those with long cusps on opposite teeth.