Sapphire braces are a type of aesthetic orthodontics used to solve alignment and bite problems, just as effective as traditional ones but with the feature of being very translucent.
Currently, many patients request dental alignment treatments and they don’t only look for an effective treatment, but they want it to be as invisible as possible while wearing it. That is why we will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of sapphire brackets.
Advantages of sapphire brackets
1. They are transparent
The main advantage of sapphire braces is that, thanks to this material, the braces are completely transparent and their colour does not change over time, thus blending with the natural colour of the teeth. But still, it is important to have into account that staining can occur depending on the patient’s habits and dental hygiene.
Completely transparent and their colour does not change over time.
The habits that can cause staining are smoking, beverages such as wine or coffee, or certain food colourings. Even so, if patients maintain a correct dental hygiene routine, staining problems should not appear.
2. These are the most resistant aesthetic brackets
Sapphire brackets are much more resistant compared to plastic or ceramic brackets. The reason behind this is that the latter experience changes over time, thus losing their aesthetic qualities. In this respect, the metallic ones are still the best.
3. Metal brackets can be alternated with sapphire brackets
To benefit from the advantages of the different types of braces, these two systems can be used, wearing the sapphire braces on the more
visible teeth (upper part) and the metal braces on the rest of the teeth.
4. Less chafing and sores
One advantage of sapphire braces over metal orthodontics is that these cause fewer sores and chafing in the mouth.
Disadvantages of sapphire braces
1. The treatment lasts longer than the treatment with metallic ones
Being just as effective, the treatment with sapphire brackets requires more time than with metal ones. This is because sapphire increases friction with the arch, slowing down the movement of the teeth.
2. It is not recommended to practice contact sports
For patients who practice contact sports, there are sports protectors manufactured especially for these cases.
3. Avoid eating hard or sticky foods
This type of foods can cause the bracket to break and consequently, it will have to be replaced to continue with the treatment.