Ceramic Braces vs Metal Braces and Your Appearance
Talk to your dentist and take time to study images with both metal and ceramic braces to compare what you or your child would prefer aesthetically. You might opt for ceramic braces because, on the whole, they're less noticeable. It might seem straightforward to choose ceramic braces for this reason. But according to the Cleveland Clinic, ceramic braces can become stained or discolored over time. Treatment may also last longer because of the way the ceramic brackets can create friction against the wires.
Metal braces tend to be less costly and treatment time isn't affected by the way the appliances work together. Though, for either option, treatment time is dictated by the same factors: the severity of the misalignment, the distance your teeth need to move, the health of your mouth and adherence to your treatment plan, notes the Cleveland Clinic.
It also may be possible to switch from one type to the other mid-treatment, though it involves more money and time in changing out and re-applying the new brackets.