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Ceramic braces

DescriptionUses a series of clear, custom made removable aligners (plastic trays) that fit over the teeth. Aligners are changed every 2 weeks to gradually move the teeth into desired position.Stainless steel brackets and wires are attached to the outside of the teeth. Wires are adjusted throughout the treatment to gradually move teeth.Clear brackets attach to the outside of the teeth. Wires can be either clear or metal and are adjusted throughout treatments to gradually move teeth into position.
AestheticsVirtually invisible.Highly visible.Less visible than normal braces, but more visable than invisalign or lingual.
CostInvisalign treatments in Australia average from $6,000 to $9,000. Minor corrective treatments can start at $4,500.In Australia treatment for upper and lower braces varies from $4,500 to $8,000 or more.Treatment in Australia varies from $5,000 to $8,000 or more.
EfficiencySuits most mild to moderately complex cases. Treatment outcomes depend on the practitioners level of expertise.Suitable for nearly all cases.
Oral HygieneCan be removed for brushing and flossing, therefore a good level of hygiene is easier to maintain.Oral hygiene is harder to maintain with fixed braces during brushing and flossing. This leads toward increase in plaque accumulation and gingival inflammation.
ComfortTemporary minor discomfort may be experienced at the beginning of each treatment, typically described as a feeling of “pressure”. Speech may be temporarily affected at the start.Mouth sores/ulcers may be triggered by irritation from some components. Broken wires can cause discomfort and may require urgent attention from your practitioner.
ComplianceResearch shows because aligners are virtually invisible, there is a high level of patient compliance.High level of compliance as braces are fixed. However levels of compliance with elastic wear can vary from patient to patient. 4% of patients in fixed treatments experience bracket breakage.
Removable?Yes, though for maximum results aligners should be worn for a minimum of 20-22 hours a day.No, braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of the orthodontic treatment.

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18 Yaralla Road
(Cnr Yaralla Road and Beachcomber Parade)

Toukley, NSW, 2263

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15 Railway Avenue
Wahroonga, NSW, 2076

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