Giving You a Clear Alternative to Metal
Clear braces with Dr. Streiff are less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. Many older teenagers and adult patients at Draper Elite Orthodontics prefer this discreet treatment option because they can give you a great smile without the visibility of metal braces.
Ceramic braces, also known as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces, can correct your bite and align your smile the same way as metal braces.
At Draper Elite Orthodontics, clear brackets are made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material.
These ceramic options blend in well with your natural smile. While they're not entirely invisible, and the brackets are about the same size and shape as metal braces, they're much less noticeable for patients around Draper.
Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces
People in Draper know metal braces for their strength and durability. Ceramic braces are also strong, but they are made from a different material that's slightly more fragile and more prone to chip or crack.
Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones. Adjustments with ceramic braces must be slightly smaller, so it can take Draper Elite Orthodontics slightly longer to align your teeth. If you need Dr. Streiff to create more drastic corrections, metal braces could be a better option.
Clear and metal braces work the same way and are equally effective in most cases.
Maintaining Clear Braces
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 Dr. Streiff uses to attach the brackets to your teeth, and the clear elastic ties that 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, mustard, etc., to reduce the chance of staining. This isn't necessary since Dr. Streiff will change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow your treatment plan from Dr. Streiff, you won't have to worry about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
Cost of Ceramic Braces
Your treatment cost at Draper Elite Orthodontics will vary depending on the complexity of your case. After reviewing your records and discussing your goals, Dr. Streiff will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs. Our team will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
Ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets at our Draper office. One of the most significant factors impacting your total treatment cost at Draper Elite Orthodontics will be the materials we use for your braces.
We also 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 Dr. Streiff, requiring slightly more time.
The good news is that Dr. Streiff offers flexible payment plans and automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your Utah insurance company for orthodontic benefits. We aim to provide elite care and outstanding value to Draper and beyond for a reasonable fee.
Great for Teens & Adults
At Draper Elite Orthodontics, we generally think 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.