Ceramic Braces vs. Traditional Braces: What’s the Difference?

As orthodontics becomes an increasingly popular solution for both cosmetic and general dentistry problems, ceramic braces are becoming more sought after amongst patients.

What are ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces and work in basically the same way.

What makes them special, is that they have tooth-coloured or clear brackets that make them less visible against teeth.

We can also use tooth-coloured wires so that the braces are even more discreet.

This makes them highly desirable amongst adults, who want an attractive, straight, sparkling smile – but don’t want to endure the embarrassment of wearing obvious metal train track braces.

How do these braces work and what is the procedure like?

The brackets are made of high-grade ceramic materials and are manufactured to match the colour of your natural teeth, offering a discreet, effective teeth realignment solution.

Similar to traditional metal braces, ceramic braces use brackets and wires to gently move crooked teeth into place and solve issues with your bite.

The first step of the procedure involves a free consultation meeting whereby our dentists can evaluate your oral health using x-rays, and find out if ceramic braces are the best option for you.

When the treatment begins, we will first bond the brackets to the front surface of your teeth with a special adhesive to keep the brackets in place.

Next, we will connect the brackets with wires which again, will camouflage against your teeth.

Over time, we will tighten the wires to exert mild pressure on the teeth, encouraging them to move slightly so that they will eventually reach the final desired position.

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How long does it take?

When it comes to ceramic braces, treatment time varies depending on each patient and the complexity and severity of their specific case. In general, they work faster than clear aligners but take longer than traditional metal braces.

Ceramic braces take about a year and a half to three years to straighten teeth.

Since ceramic brackets can break more easily, the straightening process may take longer because of delays in straightening between visits to the orthodontist to fix broken brackets.

However, if you treat the braces with care and avoid hard or sticky foods (chewing gum etc) you should be able to avoid damage.

When your teeth have reached the final positioning, the brackets will be removed and we will give you a retainer to wear.

This will prevent your teeth from relapsing to their original position and is vital in the months after treatment.

What are the pros and cons of ceramic braces?


  • Unlike Invisalign, they are not removable and are permanently attached to the teeth for the duration of the treatment plan. This can be a good thing or a bad thing because it means you will not forget them but also can be annoying for some people if they want to take the brace off.
  • More discreet than metal braces – you can achieve the same results without the unsightly appearance!
  • Teeth move a lot faster than clear plastic aligners (Invisalign). Usually, this type of braces takes 18-36 months to straighten your teeth. Invisalign, can take a year or longer to work, even if your teeth don’t require much correction.
  • Due to the material, they are smooth and feel comfortable in the mouth.


  • Can be slightly more expensive than traditional metal braces, though we have payment plans in order to make this more affordable.
  • The elastic ties holding the wire against the brackets may stain. You can have these replaced at our practice.
  • Ceramic braces are slightly less durable, so as your teeth move, brackets occasionally need to be replaced more often to keep them from breaking under pressure.

What does The Gentle Dental offer that other dentists cant?

At The Gentle Dental, we are committed to providing the best possible treatment for our patients.

It is our job, not only to deliver amazing results for our patients but also to ensure you are happy, comfortable and relaxed throughout your treatment.

People choose to have their treatment with us because:

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If you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, call us on 020 8224 7562 to book in for a consultation with one of our orthodontic specialists.

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