Which One Is Better – Metal or Ceramic Braces?

Dr. Kavanaugh is committed to working with his patients to create a treatment plan that is both efficient and pleasing to the patient. There are many reasons why a patient may choose one form of braces over another, but sometimes just simple indecision is to blame. For those wondering, “are metal or ceramic braces the better choice?” – don’t worry! We’re here to answer that question!

What are metal braces?

Metal braces are the traditional braces most people are familiar with. Metal brackets, wires, and braces work together to shift your teeth to the perfect position. These are the most common and economical types of braces.

What are ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces are very similar to metal braces, although they are clear in color. This makes them harder to notice and is considered an advantage to those more self-conscious about their dental work. Instead of metal, the brackets are made of translucent ceramic material. Patients also report ceramic braces can be more comfortable, as the material is not as abrasive as the metal in traditional braces.

But which one is better?

While both metal and ceramic braces will achieve the same desired results, at the end of the day, metal braces are our winner. As your Kansas City Orthodontics specialist, let us tell you why:

  • They are stronger. The metal is more durable than the ceramic, making breakage less likely to occur.
  • They are more cost-efficient. Both the material and the higher potential for damage make ceramic braces a more expensive option.
  • They are faster. Because of their strength, metal braces tend to take a shorter amount of time to work their magic.

There is something to be said for an effective treatment that has stood the test of time. They have become more comfortable, more attractive, and sleeker over time, but metal braces have always worked effectively for orthodontic treatment, and continue to do so to this day. Because of that, Kavanaugh Orthodontics crowns metal as the winner of the braces battle.

However, as previously mentioned, both forms of treatment will receive the desired effect. Those who prefer a less conspicuous treatment may feel the trade-offs are more than worth it. We are more than happy to accommodate either option and help guide you through the journey to a picture-perfect smile.

If you have further questions or are ready to start your orthodontic care, please request an appointment online or give us a call at 816-420-8100.