Blend In With
Ceramic Braces

In Bartlett, clear (or ceramic) braces can be a great alternative to metal braces. Equipped with transparent brackets which blend in with your teeth, clear braces are the clear winner.

Giving You a Clear Alternative to Metal

Clear braces give you a less obvious option because you can get a fantastic smile without the bulk of metal braces. At Polk Orthodontics, they're more compact than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline.

These ceramic options complement your natural smile and function similar to metal braces. 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 patients around Bartlett.

Dr. Polk generally thinks 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.

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Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces

Residents of Bartlett know metal braces for their strength and durability. Ceramic braces are also rugged, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that can chip or crack.

Conventional braces are also better under pressure than newer ceramic ones. If you need Dr. Polk to create more rigorous corrections, metal braces could be a superior option. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take Polk Orthodontics a little 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.

Concerned about clear braces staining? That hasn’t been an issue for quite some time. Ceramic brackets won’t stain. However, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in place can stain.

Over time, you might observe discoloration or staining. We suggest abstaining from things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any discoloring. This isn’t necessary, since Dr. Polk makes sure we change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.

If you maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan designed by Dr. Polk, 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 Polk Orthodontics depends on the complexity of your specific treatment. Dr. Polk will assess a treatment fee that conforms to your orthodontic needs, and our team will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.

The good news? Dr. Polk offers you flexible payment plans and automatic bank drafts. We will also verify orthodontic benefits with your Tennessee insurance company. Our goal is to provide outstanding value for Bartlett and beyond for a reasonable fee.

At our location in Bartlett, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets. One of the most important factors affecting your total treatment cost at Polk Orthodontics will be the materials we use for your braces.

We need to 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 our experts at Polk Orthodontics requiring more time.

Our treatment coordinators will be happy to go over the cost with you at your first free consultation at our office in Bartlett.

Best for Adults

After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Polk, we can determine which treatment option will be best for you and your smile.

At Polk 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 they're more expensive than metal brackets.

Schedule a free consultation at our office in Bartlett to learn if they may be right for you.

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