Translucent ceramic braces have tooth-coloured ceramic brackets that blend in with the natural colour of your teeth, making them seem see-through, and creating a more understated effect as a result.
Translucent cosmetic work very much like standard metal braces do. The difference is in their appearance.
The tooth-colored ceramic brackets are generally non-staining, and blend in with your teeth as if they were translucent. The result is a less noticeable look than metal, though they're not as "invisible" as inside braces or clear aligners.
The composite materials that the brackets are made of are weaker and more brittle than metal. Because of this, ceramic braces can sometimes require a longer treatment time frame, since your orthodontist may need to apply a slower, more gradual force to ensure the strength capabilities of the clear brackets are not overtaxed.
And though the blend in very well with the natural colour of your teeth, the brackets are also a little larger than metal brackets are.
Translucent cosmetic braces typically cost than traditional metal braces. To offset the price difference, some patients choose to have the ceramic braces placed on their most visible teeth only – typically the upper teeth or even just the upper center teeth – and use traditional metal brackets on the rest.
Finally, there is some risk of tooth abrasion if the incisal edges of the upper front teeth touch the lower ceramic brackets.
In spite of the fact that there are some negatives involved, with proper treatment and care, translucent ceramic braces are a great choice for people who want a less noticeable look for their orthodontic treatment.