The ceramic coated braces installed by Dr. John R. Schouten have a porcelain-ceramic material glazed onto the metal brackets, wires and other key pieces of hardware. The ceramic glaze can be perfectly shaded to match your natural tooth enamel, making it hard for the casual observer to even notice you have braces.
It’s important to keep in mind 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.
It’s a good idea to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods. They can easily get stuck in the wires and bands causing damage or even breaking something loose. At the same time, you should also be wary of eating crunchy foods, hard candy and chewing on things like pens, pencils and ice.
It’s important clean your braces, brush your teeth and floss between your teeth and the gum line twice each day. A diligent daily oral hygiene routine, will greatly reduce your chances of developing tooth decay issues.
Removing food particles and plaque from your braces by brushing and flossing alone, can be a bit of a challenge. You might want to try using a water jet, interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax coated floss to help clean hard to reach places.
It’s also important to remember that your natural tooth enamel is more receptive to stains than the ceramic material coating the braces. Try to cut back on eating dark foods and beverages. If you do want to enjoy dark beverages, you might want to dry drinking them through a straw, or brush your teeth shortly after drinking them.
If your notice mild stains developing on your teeth, you shouldn’t dry to address it yourself. It’s best to ask Dr. John R. Schouten about your whitening options at our next adjustment session.
If you have questions about how to maintain your ceramic coated braces, you can always call Dr. John R. Schouten’s office in Springville, Utah at 801.491.9372 for a consultation.