An orthodontic treatment option that was not available in the past, but is today, are ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are a clear alternative to metal braces and are typically chosen by patients that want a less visible display of their braces and ongoing treatment.
The wires used with ceramic braces are typically tied in with clear elastic ties to make the appliance less notable. Most children still prefer to change colors at each appointment, thus ceramic braces are more commonly chosen by adult patients rather than children.
One minor disadvantage to ceramic brackets is they are manufactured from porcelain and are therefore more brittle than traditional metal braces. Take a good look at ceramic brackets and discuss the pros and cons of each type of treatment with Dr. Schruth if you have any other questions or concerns.