Ceramic braces are in the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in with the teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable. They come in varying levels of transparency so you have ceramic brace that can take on the natural color of the teeth or thoroughly translucent to be called clear ceramic braces and they do not stain. In addition to the clear ceramic brackets, there are two types of brace wires or ties that can make them more inconspicuous. The ties are made up of either clear elastic ties or white metal ties. The metal ties provide a stronger bind but tend to lose the white coating over time. The main edge of ceramic braces is their aesthetic and cosmetic appeal. But ceramic braces cost more than the metal braces. The ceramic brackets do not stain but the clear elastic wires or ties holding the brackets to your teeth stain, especially if you smoke, eat a lot of curry or drink loads of coffee. But these ties are changed every time an adjustment is made, usually, monthly. Ceramic braces are less painful because they don't irritate the gums. Ceramic braces either have semi-translucent ceramic brackets, which are better for very white teeth, or tooth-colored ceramic, which is better for slightly darker teeth. Either way, they blend in well. Ceramic braces are strong, especially if they are high quality. They usually don't chip or break unless they are badly abused.