The braces offered by your orthodontist, Dr. Ponce, can have a few cosmetic variations applied to them. One option that appeals to many people is to have ceramic-coated braces installed. As the name implies, this style of braces has a ceramic material glazed onto the majority of the visible 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.
While these braces are relatively durable, they will still need daily care and cleaning. If any part of your braces is damaged or if you experience complications from tooth decay, it could increase the time it takes to realign your teeth.
Just like your teeth, your braces will need to be brushed twice a day. Once you have thoroughly cleaned around the braces, you should then floss your teeth. If you’re having issues cleaning hard-to-reach places, you might want to try getting interdental brushes and a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.
There are certain foods and activities that could pose a threat to your ceramic-coated braces. Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can easily get stuck in the wires and bands, causing damage or even breaking something loose. This also goes for crunching down on hard foods and hard candy or chewing on things like pens, pencils, and ice.
It might also be a good idea to cut back on dark foods and beverages. Your natural tooth enamel will stain faster and deeper than the ceramic material that is coating the braces. If your teeth become stained, they might not perfectly match the shade of the ceramic coating.
You could still enjoy dark beverages, but you might want to dry drinking these beverages through a straw or brushing your teeth shortly after consuming them.
If you are interested in ceramic-coated braces in Tucson, Arizona, you should call Friendly Smiles Orthodontics at 520-326-1101 to schedule a consultation appointment.