Downers Grove & Elmhurst Ceramic Braces
More Subtle than Metal
Clear braces can be a great alternative to conventional braces for people around Downers Grove and Elmhurst. Dr. Corina Radu uses them in the same way as metal braces, but they’re made of a clear material, so they’re less visible on your teeth.
All About Ceramic Braces
Clear braces from Dr. Radu are designed to be less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces because these use the same parts as traditional braces.
However, the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of see-through ceramic material instead of metal. These braces are less noticeable and blend in with your natural smile.
Although visually less prominent, they require more attention to oral hygiene because ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth and Dr. Radu mainly places them on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
Though they're not entirely invisible, and the brackets are about the same size and shape as metal braces, they’re much less noticeable for Downers Grove and Elmhurst patients.
Main Differences Between Metal Braces & Ceramic Braces
People all around Downers Grove and Elmhurst know metal braces for their strength and durability. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that’s more likely to chip or crack.
Traditional metal braces can handle pressure compared to newer ceramic brackets. If you need Dr. Radu to create more drastic corrections, metal braces could be better.
Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take our team at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists more time to align your teeth.
Having said that, both types of braces work on the same principles and tend to be equally as 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 choose to avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any staining. This isn’t necessary, since Dr. Radu makes sure we change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan designed by Dr. Radu, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
Cost of Ceramic Braces
Your treatment fee at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists really depends on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Radu will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and our team will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
One of the biggest factors impacting your total treatment cost at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists will be the materials we use for your braces. At our office in Downers Grove or Elmhurst, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets.
The good news is, at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists we offer flexible payment plans, automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your Illinois insurance company for orthodontic benefits. Our goal is to provide outstanding value to Downers Grove and Elmhurst and beyond for a reasonable fee.
Our payment plans for braces require as little as $500 down, followed by monthly payments extended over the course of your treatment.
We’ll always check with your insurance plan and offer flexible financial arrangements if you require wisdom teeth extractions with sedation, implants, sinus lifts, or bone grafting.
Our treatment coordinators will be happy to go over the cost with you at your first free consultation at our offices in Downers Grove or Elmhurst.
Great for Adult Treatment
After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Corina Radu, she can determine which treatment option will be best for you and your smile.
At Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists, 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 they're more expensive than metal brackets.
Schedule a free consultation at our offices in Downers Grove or Elmhurst to learn if they’d fit your smile and lifestyle.