Ceramic braces adjust, realign and straighten smile the same way as traditional metal braces, for both children and adults. As traditional braces use metal brackets and wires, ceramic braces use clear or tooth-coloured brackets making them less visible.

Ceramic braces have huge advantages, but are they better than traditional metal braces in achieving your perfect smile?

What are Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces are an orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth and correct misalignment of the jaw. It is also known as clear braces as it consists of clear materials, which is why it is less visible on the teeth than metal braces.

The clear ceramic brackets match your natural tooth colour, giving you a more subtle look while providing effective orthodontic treatment.

Benefits of Ceramic Braces

For cosmetic reasons, ceramic braces have become popular among adults and teenagers. It has advantages and disadvantages, just like any other braces.


Aesthetically Pleasing

One of the main advantage of ceramic braces is that they are much less noticeable since their tooth-coloured brackets blend in better with natural teeth. It makes them more aesthetically pleasing than traditional metal braces, perfect for people who feel self-conscious wearing braces.


Ceramic braces are also known for being very comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks. Plus, their customisation makes them fit extremely well, making them less likely to rub against your mouth.



Due to its aesthetic appearance and customisation required, ceramic braces can cost more than traditional orthodontics braces, especially among teenagers and adults.

Less Stain Resistant

Although ceramic braces are generally not harder to clean than metal braces, they do require some extra care to prevent staining and discoloration. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, you can keep your teeth and braces clean and healthy throughout your treatment.

Break Easily

Ceramic braces are generally strong and durable, but they can break or chip if they are not taken care of properly. It is essential to use extra caution when brushing and flossing, as well as avoiding hard foods that could damage them.

How does it work?

Ceramic braces work the same way as traditional metal braces, but they are much less noticeable. They use porcelain or ceramic brackets, which blend in with the colour of your teeth. The brackets are then attached to the front of your teeth using a strong and durable adhesive.

A thin archwire is threaded through the ceramic brackets and tightened to move your teeth into the correct alignment. You will need to visit your orthodontist regularly so they can adjust the archwire and tighten the brackets. Incremental adjustments allow ceramic braces to move your teeth into better alignment.

As with metal braces, you may experience some discomfort when ceramic braces are first put on or adjusted; however, this should subside within a few days. After treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to ensure your teeth remain in their new positions.

Who can have Clear Braces?

Clear ceramic braces are typically suitable for those with mild to moderate misalignment with good oral hygiene, and committed to regular check-ups with your dentist or orthodontist.

Ceramic braces also work well for patients with stained, discoloured, or chipped teeth due to their translucent material that blends in with the tooth’s natural colour. Additionally, those sensitive to metal may choose ceramic braces because they are hypoallergenic.

Do ceramic braces take longer?

Ceramic braces are an increasingly popular choice for the teeth straightening process. On average, it takes around 18 to 24 months to complete an entire course of treatment. However, the amount of time needed will vary depending on the severity of each patient’s misalignment and other factors like age, overall health, and how well the patient follows the orthodontist’s instructions.

Do clear braces stain?

Clear braces have a clear plastic or ceramic material but are not more prone to staining than traditional metal braces. The clear plastic o-ring used to hold the wire on to the clear bracket may discolour slightly with certain foods that contain colouring or curry spices like turmeric. This discolouring will not affect the actual treatment, however, we will change the o-rings at every appointment.

We advise that clients enjoy these types of staining foods just prior to their appointment to minimise the amount of time their o-rings are stained.

How much do Clear Braces Cost?

Clear braces are a highly sought-after treatment for correcting misaligned teeth. The cost can vary depending on the treatment length and the misalignment’s severity. Generally speaking, the price ranges from around $5,500 to $9,500 in Australia. This amount usually covers your regular visits with the orthodontist, cost of braces, and any necessary follow-up care. Private Health Insurance with dental insurance plans may cover part of the cost of treatment, please check with your health fund directly before committing any orthodontic treatment. Additionally, many orthodontists offer payment plans that can help make the cost of treatment more manageable.

Ceramic Braces vs Metal Braces

Ceramic and metal braces are both common treatments for misaligned teeth. Ceramic braces are less visible than metal braces, making them a popular alternative with adult patients who want a more discreet look. They have clear or tooth-coloured brackets, which blend in with the teeth and make the braces less noticeable.

Metal braces use brackets that attach to each tooth, connected by a wire and small elastic bands. Metal braces are usually the most affordable option, but they can be more noticeable than ceramic braces.

While there may be some minor differences in treatment time between ceramic and metal braces and invisalign, these differences are usually negligible. The treatment time for both types of braces is largely determined by the individual’s unique orthodontic needs and their compliance with treatment instructions.

In Summary

With proper care, ceramic braces can be an excellent option for achieving a beautiful smile! Overall, they can offer several benefits for those looking for a more aesthetically pleasing and discreet treatment option during the straightening process, compared to traditional ones. However, it is vital to consider the additional costs and potential breakage before opting for any type of orthodontic treatments – including braces and Invisalign.