Ceramic braces were first made in the 1980s when they were called “clear braces.” After the implementation of an adhesive to keep metallic braces glued to the teeth in the 70s, doctors and orthodontists worked to find a way to make braces less noticeable.
Ceramic braces work just like the metal braces do. The brackets are made of a plastic/ceramic material that holds the wire in place to straighten your teeth.
Because they work exactly the same, choosing ceramic braces over metal ones is mainly an aesthetic choice. Many people – if they’re adults or working professionals – don’t want the obvious silver or gold brackets that stand out. Clear braces are a great solution to that. While they are not completely invisible, they are much less noticeable than the other options.