Ceramic braces use self-ligating brackets made of ceramic or porcelain that blend in seamlessly with your teeth. Metal wires are threaded through the brackets to apply a gentle, steady force that moves teeth in the desired direction.
The only difference between metal and ceramic braces is the color of the appliances. Some people avoid getting braces because of the way they’ll look, but ceramic braces can be color-matched to your natural teeth, making them difficult to notice.
Aligners straighten teeth similar to the way that braces do; they apply a steady force to your teeth, moving them in the desired direction. This is done with clear plastic-like trays that are perfectly formed to an individual’s teeth. Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks, then replaced with a new one. The number of aligners needed to correct misaligned teeth and the time the treatment takes varies based on the individual.