Ceramic Braces in Rapid City
At Rapid City Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer ceramic braces to our patients in the Black Hills, Rapid City, and surrounding areas! Ceramic braces are also called clear braces or tooth-colored braces and they work the exact same way metal braces do.
All About Clear Braces
Ceramic braces from Rapid City Orthodontics blend in well with your natural smile. Though they're not completely invisible and the brackets are about the same size and shape as traditional braces, clear braces are much less noticeable than metal braces.
Our clear braces at Rapid City Orthodontics are designed to be even less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. They're smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored ceramic material.
Ceramic braces offer patients a discrete treatment option, but they can sometimes be slightly more fragile and more expensive than metal braces. Because of this, Dr. Hudson typically recommends them for teen and adult patients.
Blend in With Clear Braces at Rapid City Orthodontics
Ceramic brackets are a less obvious way to straighten your smile when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties. This option is especially attractive if you’re an esthetic-minded adult or teen in the Rapid City area.
Ceramic braces are the perfect solution if you want a less noticeable treatment, but don't want the extra hassle of removable aligners and the responsibility of managing wear time.
The Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces
Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than the newer ceramic ones. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that is slightly more likely to chip or crack.
If you need more drastic corrections, Dr. Hudson may determine metal braces would be a better option. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller so it can take 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 for our patients at Rapid City Orthodontics.
You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn’t been a problem for several years. It’s not the ceramic brackets that stain, but the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth.
You can choose to avoid things like coffee, tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to reduce the chances of staining.
As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan put in place by Dr. Hudson, 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 in Rapid City
One of the biggest factors that could affect the cost of your treatment at Rapid City Orthodontics is the materials used to make your braces.
In our Rapid City office, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets.
The good news is we offer flexible payment plans and we will check with your insurance company for orthodontic benefits. Our goal is to provide outstanding value for reasonable fees!
Treatment fees will vary depending on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Hudson will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs and our office will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
The work it takes to put your braces on, adjust them, and take them off must also be factored into the total cost of treatment. Placing and removing ceramic braces are more sensitive to technique and require more time.
Our Rapid City Orthodontics treatment coordinators will be happy to go over the cost with you at your free consultation.
Best for Adults
After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Hudson, we can determine which treatment option will be best for you and your smile.
At Rapid City Orthodontics, we think ceramic braces are generally better suited for adults and older teens. This is because ceramic brackets are more likely to break and they're more expensive than metal brackets.
Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Hudson at our Rapid City office to learn if clear braces may be right for you.