Tooth Colored / Ceramic Braces
A) What are ceramic braces?
Ceramic dental braces (including "white" or "clear braces") are a form of conventional orthodontic appliance (bonded brackets and archwire).
Their fundamental difference is simply the type of bracket that's used. With ceramic braces, they are clear or tooth-colored (white), not metal. (See picture below.)
A metal archwire is still used.
It should be pointed out that with all types of conventional braces there's a metal archwire that runs across your teeth. It's held in place in each tooth's bracket via an elastic band.
In the case of ceramic braces, a silver one is sometimes used. As a more esthetic alternative, a "frosted" or "esthetic" (white) one can be utilized instead, so it's less obvious.
Advantages and disadvantages.
As an advantage, opting for ceramic braces tends to create a more pleasing, less conspicuous look for the patient's appliances, especially from a distance.
But using this type of bracket does have some treatment and cost disadvantage.