Limestone Hills Orthodontics

High-Tech Self-ligating Ceramic Braces

These ceramic braces Austin residents love at Limestone Hills Orthodontics are becoming increasingly popular with orthodontists and patients because of their ability to reduce treatment time and the increased need for esthetic appliances. Ceramic braces are less evident than metallic silver brackets (traditional braces made of medical grade stainless steel), especially now with self-ligation technology.

Advanced Self-ligating Ceramic Braces Austin Residents Love

Rodrigo F. Viecilli, DDS, PhD

Orthodontist Austin TX

Limestone Hills Orthodontics offers self-ligating Clear Ceramic Braces to patients of all ages: children, teens, and adults. Compared to traditional metal braces, ceramic braces are more subtle. Self-ligating ceramic braces also require fewer adjustments and are more comfortable. In addition, if time in the office is an important factor for you, they can be more cost-effective than metal braces.

Woman smiling wearing ceramic braces Austin residents love.
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Radiant Smiles with Clear Ceramic Braces: Your Path to Confidence!

Often called porcelain braces, tooth-colored brackets, porcelain braces, clear braces or aesthetic braces, ceramic braces provide orthodontic treatment with a discreet touch compared to metal braces. The staining observed on those who choose these as an option often discourages patients from choosing them. Self-ligating technology eliminates this problem.

At Limestone Hills Orthodontics, we use the latest technology self-ligating ceramic braces. Despite being slightly more expensive than metal braces, these innovative braces work similarly to traditional metal braces, but come with an added advantage: they are designed to be significantly less noticeable on your teeth and do not stain since they do not require bands (o-rings or elastic ligatures).

All About Getting Ceramic Braces in Austin, TX

Frontal view of our self-ligating ceramic braces.
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When you’re looking for a subtler orthodontic solution, ceramic braces are a great option. Since they are made of clear or tooth-colored materials, they are less noticeable than traditional metal braces.

Ceramic braces in Austin, TX, can be obtained by scheduling a consultation with an orthodontist, a dentist specializing in orthodontics. You will receive an assessment of your teeth and a treatment plan, including the cost and duration of wearing braces, during your consultation. Below you’ll see how our self-ligating ceramic brackets bonded to a dental model look like. The color marks are for tooth identification and disappear when you first brush your teeth.

How Do Ceramic or Clear Braces Work- Ceramic Brackets Revisited

There isn’t much difference between metal and ceramic braces with regards to their mechanisms- the bracket is attached to an archwire that moves teeth into position. Rubber elastic bands between arches, or appliances, coordinate the tooth movement to correct the bite (we offer transparent elastic bands also). The difference is a ceramic bracket brace uses clear or tooth-colored parts to hold an archwire that gently moves your teeth into the right position. They are the invisible alternative to metal braces, are much less noticeable, and many say they look better. One of the cons of ceramic braces is that they are more brittle- they can break more easily with hard foods, or when removed. Metal braces have an advantage of being less brittle and easier to remove or be reused when repositioned during treatment.

Transparent Clear Braces feature ceramic parts that are translucent to the color of your teeth or can also be tooth colored brackets. There are some ceramic braces that are actually white braces. Ceramic self-ligating braces are used in our office.

Self-Ligating Technology

Our GC Orthodontic self-ligating ceramic braces are the smallest in the world.
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Self-ligating technology can be used for metal and ceramic brackets. At Limestone Hills Orthodontics, we only use self-ligation for our ceramic brackets because younger patients with metal brackets like to use colored o-rings (ligatures). Traditional metal brackets allow for more fun combinations of colored ligatures which are an attraction to obtain straight teeth in children.

In contrast to cheaper versions, our ceramic orthodontic brackets have a metal door built into them that holds the wire in, so you don’t have to use elastic ligatures that stain or need to be replaced regularly.

Our innovative self-ligating clear ceramic braces represent the forefront of orthodontic technology. They are made in Japan by GC Orthodontics and are the smallest self-ligating brackets in the world. Crafted from tooth-colored ceramics, they incorporate a small metal latch to secure the wire, eliminating the need for clear elastics that often discolor over time. This design marries efficiency with aesthetic appeal, empowering you to pursue your ideal smile with greater confidence.

What Kind of Teeth Problems Do Clear Bracket Braces Fix?

Common teeth problems they can fix include:

  • Crooked or crowded teeth.

  • Teeth that have gaps or spaces between them.

  • Teeth that stick out too much, sit too far back, or aren’t aligned properly.

In addition to working well and not standing out, clear ceramic braces provide a more natural smile while straightening your teeth.

What To Expect During Your Treatment

The first step is a free consultation with Dr. Rodrigo Viecilli. He will create a customized plan to straighten teeth and correct your bite based on your needs after taking a CT scan and an intra-oral examination. Using a special glue, we will attach the clear brackets to your teeth.

We will adjust and tighten these brackets during your check-up appointments. As a result, your teeth will continue to move in the right direction. We will need to keep an eye on your progress and make any necessary adjustments along the way.

The GC Orthodontic mini experience brackets are the smallest ceramic brackets in the world and will not stain!

Will My Ceramic Braces Stain?

Worries about staining with ceramic braces are largely outdated. Thanks to our cutting-edge self-ligating ceramic brackets, which feature a metal door, there’s no need for elastic ligatures that can discolor. Additionally, any residual glue vulnerable to fluids is eliminated using UV light, enhancing the braces’ overall appearance and effectiveness.

GC Orthodontics from Japan manufactures the most modern and smallest ceramic brackets, which are self-ligating. Our ceramic braces are absolutely stain-free at Limestone Hills Orthodontics, and our patients are very happy with them.

Cost of Ceramic Braces vs Metal Braces in Austin, TX

The cost of your treatment at Limestone Hills Orthodontics depends largely on the treatment time and materials/laboratory costs used for your orthodontic treatment. Our

At our clinic, ceramic braces or tooth colored brackets are just a bit more expensive than conventional metal braces, usually costing a little over extra $20/month. The good news is that we provide flexible payment options, such as financing with a small downpayment and automatic bank drafts. We will even contact your insurance provider to determine if there are any orthodontic benefits available. Our aim is to deliver exceptional value at reasonable rates!

Depending on your orthodontic needs, treatment fees can vary. The fee for your treatment will be determined by Dr. Rodrigo Viecilli based on your specific needs. It is our goal to find solutions that work both for you and your budget.

The process involved in applying, adjusting, and removing ceramic braces plays a significant role in determining their cost. This is because the installation and removal of ceramic braces require careful precision and more time.

We offer free orthodontic consultations, where our treatment coordinators are ready to provide detailed information about the costs involved in your free consultation session.

Differences Between Metal Braces & Ceramic Dental Braces

In contrast to metal braces, ceramic braces are made of a transparent or tooth-colored material, which means that they are less noticeable on the teeth, as opposed to metal braces that are made of stainless steel. Additionally, metal braces are usually more durable and less likely to stain compared to ceramic braces, which are more fragile, but can blend in much better with your teeth.

Who Should Get Transparent Bracket Braces?

Clear Bracket Braces are ideal for those with complex dental needs, frequent snackers, or anyone desiring a more aligned smile without the look of traditional metal braces. They’re popular among adults and teenagers for their discreet appearance. While effective for many, those with severe orthodontic issues or requiring surgery may be directed by their orthodontist to consider traditional or metal braces, or other treatment methods for optimal outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are clear bracket braces suitable for adults wearing braces?

There is no doubt that clear braces are an excellent option for adults who want a more discreet orthodontic treatment. They are also suitable for teenagers and children.


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