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Clear braces can be a great alternative to typical metal braces at our Richmond office. Clear braces come with tooth-colored ceramic brackets that blend in with your natural smile's color.

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If you want to achieve a beautiful, straight smile but are worried about the appearance of traditional metal braces, Dr. Lee Mahlmann and Dr. Catharine Borders may recommend that you consider clear braces.

Clear braces use white ceramic brackets that blend in with your teeth for a more natural look. This aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces works well for Richmond patients who need the strength and durability of braces but want to avoid the attention that comes with flashy brackets and wires.

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Metal vs. Ceramic Braces: Pros and Cons

People all around Richmond know metal braces for their strength and durability. Ceramic braces are also rigid, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that's more likely to chip or crack.

Both braces work on the same principles and tend to be equally effective in most cases. However, traditional metal braces tolerate pressure better than newer ceramic ones.

If you need to create more drastic corrections, metal braces could be a better option for Dr. Mahlman or Dr. Borders. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics a little more time to align your teeth.

You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn't been a problem for several years. Ceramic brackets won't stain. But, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in place can stain.

This can give an overall impression of discoloration or staining over time. You can avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc., to reduce the chance of staining. This is optional since Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders make sure we change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.

If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan by Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders, you should be fine with giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.

Cost of Ceramic Braces

Your treatment fee at Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics will vary depending on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and our team will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.


The good news is that Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders offer you flexible payment plans and automatic bank drafts. We will also check with your Texas insurance company for orthodontic benefits. We aim to provide outstanding value to Richmond and beyond for a reasonable fee.

At our office in Richmond, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets. One of the most significant factors impacting your total treatment cost at Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics will be the materials we use for your braces.

We need to factor in the work it takes to put your braces on, adjust them, and remove them into your total treatment cost. Placing and removing ceramic braces demands more attention and technique from our experts at Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics, requiring more time.

Our treatment coordinators will be happy to discuss the cost with you at your first free consultation at our office in Richmond.

Ideal for Adults

After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Mahlmann or Dr. Borders, we can determine which treatment option will best suit you and your smile.

At Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics, ceramic braces suit adults and older teens better than children and younger teens. This is because ceramic brackets are more likely to break and are more expensive than metal brackets.

Schedule a free consultation at our office in Richmond to learn if they may be right for you.