As the number of adults seeking orthodontic care has increased, orthodontists have felt the
need to provide their patients with a more esthetically “appealing” appliance. This perceived
need has motivated manufacturers to create acceptable esthetic brackets, including
ceramic brackets. The characteristics of ceramic brackets that are of particular interest to
the clinician are described in this article. In addition, factors that may significantly influence
bond strength and bracket removal are identified. It is hoped that this information will
enable the clinician to debond ceramic brackets safely, using the available scientific information.
World J Orthod 2003;4:61–66.