The ceramic braces fitted by Orem Pediatric Dentistry are identical to wire and bracket braces. The one significant difference is that the wires and brackets have been coated with a porcelain-ceramic material that can be color matched to blend in with your natural tooth enamel.
It’s important to remember that if any part of your braces are damaged or bent or you have one or more teeth develop cavities, it will most likely increase the duration of time you need to wear ceramic braces.
You should avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods that can easily get stuck in the wires and bands, causing damage or even breaking something loose. The same threat is posed by eating crunchy foods, hard candy and chewing on things like pens, pencils, and ice.
You will need to clean your braces, brush your teeth, and floss between your teeth and the gum line twice a day as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Removing food particles and plaque from your braces by brushing and flossing alone, might be a bit of a challenge. Using a water jet, interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax coated floss can help keep these hard to reach places clean.
It’s also important to remember that your natural tooth enamel is going to stain faster and deeper than the ceramic material coating the braces. Try to cut back on eating dark foods, and avoid using tobacco. If you do want to enjoy dark beverages, you might want to dry drinking these beverages through a straw, or brush your teeth shortly after drinking them.
If your notice mild staining on your tooth enamel, you should talk to Orem Pediatric Dentistry about how to best manage the stains.
If you have questions about how to maintain your ceramic coated braces, please call Orem Pediatric Dentistry at 801-802-7200 to schedule your next appointment.