Blend In With Ceramic Braces
Clear braces can be a great alternative to conventional braces in Midland, Bay City, and West Branch. Clear braces use tooth-colored ceramic brackets that blend in with your natural smile.
Giving You a Clear Path to Straighter Smiles
Clear braces with Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics are less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. Many older teenagers and adult patients in Midland, Bay City, and West Branch prefer this more discreet option because you can get a great smile without the visibility of metal braces.
Ceramic braces are also referred to as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces, and they can effectively correct your bite and align your smile the same way as metal braces.
At Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics, clear brackets are smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material. Though they're not entirely invisible, and the brackets are about the same size and shape as metal braces, they're much less noticeable.
Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces
People around Midland, Bay City, and West Branch know metal braces for their strength and durability. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they use a different material that's more likely to chip or crack.
Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones. If you need more drastic corrections, metal braces could be a better option.
Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics a little more time to align your teeth. However, both braces work on the same principles and are equally 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 avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, and mustard to reduce the chance of staining. This is optional since we'll change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan designed by your orthodontist, you won't have to worry about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
Cost of Ceramic Braces
The cost of your treatment at Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics will vary depending on the complexity of your case. Dr. Lisa, Dr. Dale, or Dr. Grillo will determine a treatment fee that fits your orthodontic needs, and our team will create a payment plan to accommodate your budget.
We offer flexible payment plans and automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your Michigan insurance company for orthodontic benefits. We aim to provide outstanding value to Midland, Bay City, West Branch, and beyond for a reasonable fee.
At Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics, ceramic brackets cost slightly more than metal brackets. One of the most significant factors impacting your total treatment cost is the materials we use for your braces.
We need to 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 Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics experts, requiring more time.
Our treatment coordinators will be happy to discuss the cost with you at your first free consultation at our Midland, Bay City, or West Branch office.
Best for Adults
After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Lisa, Dr. Dale, or Dr. Grillo, we'll determine the best treatment option for you and your smile.
At Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics, ceramic braces suit adults and older teens better than children and younger teens. This is because ceramic brackets are more likely to break and are more expensive than metal brackets.
Schedule a free consultation at our Midland, Bay City, or West Branch office to learn if they may be right for you.