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Are zirconia braces good?

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Answered by

Dr. Prerna Jain

Medically reviewed by

Dr. K. Shobana

Published At June 7, 2017
Reviewed AtFebruary 16, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My orthodontist just recently offered the option of zirconia braces. I am getting braces in a week, but I cannot figure out for the life of me, what in the world zirconia braces are. I cannot seem to find any information on these. Are they new? Where can I learn more about them to decide if I am willing to pay the extra money? Thanks.

Answered by Dr. Prerna Jain

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Zirconia is a type of mineral used to manufacture polycrystalline ceramic braces. Zirconia braces are fairly recent. Similar to other ceramic braces, they have good fracture toughness, which means, it will not break easily as compared to other ceramic braces. However, they are also known to be a little more opaque, that means less esthetic (minor difference) than other ceramic braces. Other types of ceramic braces are monocrystalline and polycrystalline alumina braces. You can search for polycrystalline zirconia ceramic orthodontic braces to get more information. You should also ask your orthodontist for more information.

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Dr. Prerna Jain
Dr. Prerna Jain

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