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Your ceramic braces are the exact same as traditional metal braces except the majority of the hardware has been glazed with a porcelain, ceramic material. This porcelain coating has been shaded to closely match your natural tooth enamel, giving the appliance a natural appearance.

You should be wary that if any part of your braces is bent or broken or if you have problems with cavities, your treatment time will be increased, which is why it’s important to take good care of your appliance.

Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is essential for removing residual food particles and plaque from between your teeth and braces. Using a water jet or interdental brush can help you clean some of the hard-to-reach places in and around the braces. If you’re having trouble flossing, you can try using a floss threader that is loaded with waxed dental floss.

As time goes on, it’s important to keep in mind that your natural tooth enamel will stain faster and deeper than the ceramic material that is coating the braces. If you consume a lot of dark foods and beverages, it could eventually stain the teeth and take the natural appearance away from the braces. If you want to enjoy dark beverages, you might want to try drinking those beverages through a straw or brushing your teeth shortly after consuming them.

If you do develop minor staining issues, you can mitigate the effect by brushing your teeth with a whitening toothpaste. Any stronger measures should be avoided because it could make your teeth brighter than the ceramic coating.

If you have questions about how to maintain your ceramic braces in Meridian, Idaho, or if you are due for your next adjustment, you should call Howell Orthodontics at 208-893-5151 to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Jason Howell.