Your orthodontist, Dr. John R. Schouten, offers braces that can come with a few minor cosmetic modifications. One of the more popular options available is to have a ceramic coating glazed onto most of the visible hardware. The special porcelain, ceramic material can be custom shaded to perfectly match the natural tooth enamel. This makes the braces less noticeable to the casual observer.
It’s important to keep in mind that you will need to clean the appliance daily and adapt a few minor lifestyle changes for proper maintenance. If any part of the ceramic braces is damaged or if you have issues with tooth decay, it could increase the total treatment time.
Brushing and flossing twice a day will help you remove residual food particles and plaque from your braces and teeth. If you are having trouble flossing between your teeth, you might want to try using a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.
Dark foods and beverages can cause staining on the tooth enamel but not the ceramic coating. This could cause the braces to no longer perfectly match the shade of your teeth. You can still enjoy dark beverages in moderation, but you can reduce the staining chances by using a straw.
Chewing gum and eating sticky foods has the potential to bend wires and break a piece of the hardware. This is also true of eating crunchy foods or hard candy or having bad habits like nibbling on pens and pencils.
If you have questions or concerns about how to properly maintain your ceramic braces in Price, Utah, you can always call Schouten Orthodontics at 435.637.0820 to seek further advice.