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Braces hardware can sometimes feel obtrusive in appearance. This can drive some people to forgo or procrastinate having braces realign their teeth. Fortunately, Dr. Jason Howell can reduce these concerns by applying a porcelain glaze to the visible hardware.

This glaze can be custom shaded to perfectly match the natural tooth enamel. This makes the braces less noticeable to the casual observer.

Like their traditional counterparts, the ceramic-glazed braces will require some daily cleaning and basic maintenance. If any part of the ceramic-coated braces is damaged or if you suffer tooth decay problems, it will likely increase the duration of time it takes to realign your smile.

Brushing twice each day and flossing each evening will help remove residual food particles and plaque from the braces and teeth. This will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease complications. If you are having trouble flossing between your teeth, you might want to try using a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

Eating sticky foods or chewing gum can potentially bend wires and break a piece of hardware loose. A similar threat is posed by eating crunchy foods and hard candy and chewing on things like pens, pencils, and ice.

Dark foods and beverages can cause staining on the tooth enamel but not the ceramic coating. This could cause a mismatch between the braces and natural tooth enamel. You can still enjoy dark beverages in moderation, but you might want to try drinking them through a straw.

If you’re interested in ceramic braces in Meridian, Idaho, you should call 208-893-5151 to schedule a consultation at Howell Orthodontics.