At St Kilda Orthodontics, we offer both metal and ceramic braces. We take the time to listen and will help you to determine which types of braces are right for you.
Conventional Metal Braces
Conventional metal braces consist of metal square-shaped brackets which are bonded onto teeth. A metal wire is threaded through the slots of the brackets and secured to the brackets by small rubber ties. These small rubber ties come in different colours and can be changed at every appointment. This makes metal braces a popular option among teens. Metal braces can also be used to treat certain severe cases which may not be treated as predictably with clear aligners. In addition, they may be more suitable for patients who are unable to wear clear aligners full-time.
At St Kilda Orthodontics we offer traditional metal braces, sometimes alone, or in combination with ceramic braces or even clear aligners.
Ceramic (Clear) Braces
Clear braces are made of a tooth-coloured or translucent ceramic material, and are therefore less visible than conventional metal braces. They are great for adults or teens looking for a discreet way to improve their smile. Ceramic braces can be used to treat certain severe cases which clear aligners may not be able to. In addition, they may be more suitable for patients who do not think they can wear clear aligners all-day every day. Ceramic braces do however, have a few disadvantages. Enamel wear can occur if ceramic brackets make contact with opposing tooth surfaces. This tends to occur in patients with a deep bite relationship. Ceramic braces are more likely to fracture compared to metal brackets.
At St Kilda orthodontics, we offer Radiance ceramic brackets which are extremely translucent. Depending on the individual case, we may place ceramic braces on upper and lower teeth, or place upper ceramic braces and lower metal braces. To find out if you are a good candidate for ceramic braces, book a complimentary consultation with our orthodontist today!