Many adults who have misaligned teeth may hesitate to receive orthodontic treatment, because they feel self-conscious at the thought of wearing noticeable metal braces. Invisalign clear braces are a popular, discreet alternative, but not everyone is an ideal candidate for this treatment. Tooth-colored brackets are available for people who do not qualify for Invisalign clear braces, but desire a less conspicuous treatment than metal braces. Tooth-colored brackets employ the bracket-and-arch wire construct of metal braces, but are made with a ceramic material, which blends visually with your teeth for a less intrusive appearance.
How Tooth-Colored Brackets Work
While traditional braces apply a metal bracket to each of your teeth, tooth-colored brackets are made from ceramic. The ceramic material has a similar appearance to your teeth, which effectively camouflages them. While they are not completely invisible, tooth-colored brackets are noticeably less conspicuous than metal braces. Functionally, tooth-colored brackets and metal braces operate in the same manner. A wire that connects each of the brackets gradually pulls your teeth into proper alignment. Your orthodontist will tighten the wire at appropriate intervals. This differs from Invisalign clear braces, which employ a series of aligners to progressively straighten your teeth.
How Straight Teeth Improve Your Oral Health
Aside from their cosmetic benefits, straight teeth are easier to keep healthy, and make you less prone to developing TMJ disorders. A crooked smile can also create uneven pressures on certain teeth; those teeth that are required to do disproportionate work can become more vulnerable to damage and decay. By bringing your teeth into alignment, you can enjoy a more comfortable chewing and biting experience, along with a boost to your appearance.