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Ceramic Braces – Available at Schechtman Orthodontics in Jefferson Valley, New York


A common alternative to metal braces is ceramic braces. In severe cases, Dr. Richard Schechtman will recommend using metal braces instead of ceramic braces because of issues with a difficult bite, but otherwise, ceramic braces might just be the way to go!

When the idea of invisible braces was brought to life in the 1980s, breakthroughs were made to align teeth in less-visible ways. Ceramic brackets were introduced, and contrary to popular belief, they are fairly strong and don’t stain easily, although often the ligatures will stain if you drink a lot of coffee or red wine.

In the past, a type of plastic bracket was used for invisible braces. Plastic is more porous than the ceramic composite they use today, making it easier for those invisible brackets to become stained and unsightly. However, those are no longer used, eliminating this particular issue.

What Are the Benefits of Ceramic Braces?

  1. Ceramic braces have brackets that are made of either semi-translucent ceramic, which is better for teeth that are very white, or tooth-colored ceramic, which is better for teeth that are slightly darker. This allows them to easily blend in with your teeth.
  2. Some people say that ceramic braces are more comfortable than metal braces because they don’t irritate the gums as much.
  3. Ceramic braces are very strong. Unless they are abused badly, ceramic braces shouldn’t chip or break under normal conditions.

What Are the Drawbacks of Ceramic Braces?

  1. Like metal braces, ceramic braces use ligatures in either clear or white to hold the archwire in place. Since these ligatures are like little rubber bands, they are porous and can stain. However, these are changed at every adjustment, so stains on them are temporary.
  2. Ceramic brackets are more expensive than metal brackets. They are also a bit larger than metal brackets, although this isn’t a huge concern for most people because the brackets blend in with the teeth.
  3. Ceramic braces aren’t recommended for patients with severe problems. Because ceramic braces are harder than metal braces, they can wear down a tooth from the opposite jaw that contacts the brace, so they are avoided with certain bite problems.

Sapphire Braces – Offered by Dr. Richard Schechtman

Braces that are crystal clear are also referred to as sapphire braces and they are recommended for people who have very white teeth. This allows them to “disappear” and blend in with the teeth. Sapphire brackets are very strong and do not stain, though the ligatures may stain.

If you find that metal braces aren’t your top pick, this is a great option for people who don’t want a metallic look in their mouth and are willing to pay a little more for their future smiles. As long as your teeth don’t require extensive or extreme work, ceramic braces are a great option.

As always, talk to your orthodontist about your options. Schechtman Orthodontics in Jefferson Valley, New York (NY) will be able to make the best recommendation tailored to your teeth and your needs.

Schechtman Orthodontics of Jefferson Valley NY and Purchase NY are the only orthodontic practices in Westchester and Putnam counties in New York (NY) that utilize SureSmile® technology. SureSmile® technology speeds up the braces process by as much as 35%, and provides the most precise treatment. We are also an Invisalign® provider and we offer our patients other alternatives to traditional braces. With many types of braces to choice from, we’re sure there is one that’s right for you.

Schechtman Orthodontics currently offers a complimentary Schechtman Smile Analysis. Schechtman Orthodontics is Westchester county and Putnam county’s top rated orthodontist for transforming smiles for over 25 years.

Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining your best smile with braces. We offer affordable payment plans with low monthly installments.

Book your free, no obligation Schechtman Smile Analysis today and start smiling with confidence!


At Schechtman Orthodontics, we want to ensure you are confident with your decision for not only your choice in orthodontic treatment, but also for the orthodontics office in New York you choose to start your braces and orthodontic treatment. To ensure you are completely confident in your decision, we offer a few no-obligation, no-pressure ways to get started!

  1. Find out what the most important aspects are in choosing the right orthodontist in Jefferson Valley or Purchase, NY for you or your child by reading our free report, "The Top 10 Things To Know Before Choosing Your Orthodontist."
  2. Take this assessment to see if Dr. Schechtman is the right orthodontist for you or your family!
  3. Click here to fill out the form to receive your complimentary Schechtman Smile Analysis, a $250 value!
  4. Call 914.962.9600 to speak with a Schechtman Orthodontics team member right away!
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