Porcelain Ceramic Braces West Covina CA

Porcelain Ceramic Braces

Porcelain and Ceramic Braces West Covina

No matter who in your family needs braces, our porcelain or ceramic braces may be the right choice for you. They're nearly invisible, moderately easy to maintain, and are very effective at realigning teeth for that beautiful smile you've been looking for!

What Are Porcelain or Ceramic Braces?

You've surely heard of traditional braces, the metal braces that are a popular choice for patients to realign their teeth. Ceramic and porcelain braces are very similar, except that they're made of porcelain or ceramic instead of metal.

The terms can be used interchangeably to describe these clear or tooth colored braces that are nearly invisible on the teeth. Porcelain itself is a special type of ceramic that is heated extremely hot to create a translucent shade of white, which allows the porcelain to blend into your teeth almost completely.

They're a great alternative for patients who need braces but don't want to deal with metal braces or removable aligner trays like Invisalign. Ceramic braces work like traditional metal braces, using brackets and wires that are attached to teeth with non-toxic adhesives. These appliances help teeth move into proper alignment over time.

What Are the Benefits of Ceramic Braces?

There are some distinct advantages of having porcelain or ceramic braces that are worth considering before finalizing your orthodontic treatment plan.

Are Porcelain Braces Natural Looking?

While they're not 100% natural looking, because of the metal wires still required by porcelain braces, they are a much more natural looking option than traditional metal braces. The archwires, however, can be "colored" to blend in with your teeth, making them almost invisible.

Are Ceramic Braces Durable?

Ceramic braces are made of high-quality, durable materials so that they last for a long time.

Are Ceramic Braces Permanent?

When you have ceramic braces placed, they are adhered securely to your teeth. Once your treatment is completed, they are easily removed by your orthodontist without causing harm to your teeth.

The advantage of ceramic braces being permanent is that they aren't removable, meaning they cannot be lost. This is a great option for people who are forgetful or children who are not able to keep things as well organized as necessary to keep track of clear aligner trays.

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Are Porcelain Braces Expensive?

For many, porcelain braces are a more affordable option than Invisalign.

Do Porcelain Braces Stain?

Thankfully, porcelain braces do not stain and remain as close to the natural tone of your tooth as when they were placed, assuming nothing drastic happens to the teeth or braces.

Who Should Have Porcelain Braces Placed?

Generally speaking, porcelain braces are considered the ideal option for patients wanting a cost-effective, natural looking option for their braces.

How Long Does Treatment Take With Porcelain Braces?

The amount of time each patient must wear porcelain braces will vary from person to person. Specific factors that change between persons that affect this timeline include:

  • The extent of the malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth or jaw)
  • The patient's ability to take care of the braces and maintain healthy oral hygiene during treatment
  • Any additional complications or challenges that require treatment in partnership with the orthodontic treatment

Ceramic braces do work a little slower than traditional braces. The friction that occurs with ceramic braces and teeth slows the process somewhat. Overall, patients typically wear porcelain braces between two and three years.

What Do Ceramic Braces Cost?

Like metal braces, ceramic braces will probably cost a few thousand dollars or more. Ceramic braces are slightly more expensive, since they require more specialized materials and since they take longer to complete treatment. Ceramic braces also cost more because of the additional follow up visits, adjustments, and any possible repairs required during that extended time.

Many insurance plans, however, cover the costs of ceramic braces and we happily work with our patients to create affordable payment plans to suit your financial needs.

What is the Process for Getting Porcelain or Ceramic Braces?

The first step in your treatment process is coming in for your consultation with us. We will take necessary x-rays and perform an exam to make sure that we understand all of your needs. Then, Dr. Barkhordar will discuss all your treatment options and payment plans to craft the perfect solution for your needs.

When it's time to have your braces placed, you'll come into the office and a nontoxic adhesive will be used to place the braces on your teeth. Then wires and elastics will be placed to finish the process. After placement, you will return to our office for checkups, regular dental cleanings, and periodic adjustments to your braces.

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