What are the differences between metal wires and white wires in braces? - Murcia Orthodontist

Aesthetics is something fundamental in Spanish society and in the Region of Murcia, which means that more and more people are deciding to start orthodontic treatment, with the aim of improving their oral health by correcting a malocclusion, but also to achieve a healthier and more harmonious smile.

This is partly due to the fact that adults, who a few years ago did not 'dare' to wear braces, are now opting for virtually invisible techniques, such as Incognito or Win system lingual brackets or Invisalign transparent aligners, which help them to integrate this type of treatment with little impact on their personal or professional lives.

In addition, new brackets made of highly aesthetic materials such as ceramic, sapphire or composite have emerged, making traditional 'braces' much more discreet than the metal brackets that have been used for decades, something that also helps many to 'take the plunge'.

In this connection, there is also the possibility of using metal 'wires' or 'bows' coated with plastics or paint, the properties of which are slightly different from the usual ones:

  • Advantages
    • They are more discreet
    • Better aesthetic integration with ceramic brackets
  • Disadvantages
    • The paint or plastic coating 'peels off' with food, leaving the metal exposed discontinuously, with unsightly results.
    • The friction between these archwires and the brackets is greater, resulting in less efficient treatment.


Are white wires good for orthodontics?

Aesthetic archwires are a valid option in orthodontics, but as long as it is still a metal archwire coated in a different colour, they are probably not the ideal choice, except in cases where aesthetics is a top priority.

In any case, it is always advisable to consult an experienced orthodontist who has mastered all the techniques and can tell you which is the most suitable solution for your case, advising you whether or not to use this type of archwires depending on your malocclusion.