Ceramic braces (including "clear braces") are a treatment option that helps to create a more pleasing, less conspicuous appearance for orthodontic patients. The primary difference between ceramic and traditional braces has to do with the type of orthodontic brackets that are bonded to the patient’s teeth. With ceramic braces, the brackets are clear or tooth-colored, not metal. (With both methods, there’s still a metal wire that runs across the patient’s teeth that’s held in place using elastic bands.) This difference in the color of the brackets really does help to make it less obvious to others that a person is wearing braces, especially at a distance. And that’s why ceramic braces are a very popular treatment option.