Metal braces are known to move teeth faster than ceramic braces, but ceramic braces are faster than Invisalign braces. Generally, metal braces are more affordable than ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal braces and are more comfortable to wear. However, ceramic braces move teeth more slowly and can be easily broken, leading to delays in treatment.
Metal braces take 18 to 24 months to complete the treatment process, while ceramic braces take the same amount of time. Metal braces are more likely to cause discomfort and leave a metallic taste in the mouth, while ceramic braces have transparent tooth-colored brackets instead of gray or silver metallic brackets and wires. After using ceramic brackets on the upper teeth and metal brackets on the lower teeth, it is recommended to use metal braces for better results.