For all intents and purposes the ceramic coated braces that Dr. Joseph Wilson installed in your mouth are exactly the same as traditional wire and bracket braces. The one notable exception is that all of the visible hardware has been glazed with a porcelain-ceramic material shaded to closely match the color of your teeth.
With a few simple lifestyle changes and a diligent oral hygiene routine, your ceramic coated braces will be easy to clean and maintain. It’s important to keep in mind that if any part of your braces is bent, or broken or you have problems with cavities, it will likely increase the duration of time you need to wear the braces.
Brushing and flossing twice a day will help to remove residual food particles and plaque from between your teeth as well as the braces. A water jet or interdental brushes can help you clean reach places. If you’re having trouble flossing between your teeth you can try a floss threader loaded with wax coated floss.
Be mindful not to consume too many dark foods and beverages that could stain your teeth. Your natural tooth enamel will stain faster and deeper than the ceramic material coating the braces. If you do want to enjoy dark beverages, you might want to dry drinking these beverages through a straw, or brushing your teeth shortly after consuming them. Tobacco use can quickly and deeply stain your teeth.
If your tooth enamel does start to develop minor surface stains, you could try using a whitening toothpaste. Just avoid using any stronger measures as they can brighten the exposed parts of your teeth, the tooth enamel under the brackets will no longer match, once your braces are removed.
Chewing gum and eating sticky foods 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.
If you have questions about how to maintain your ceramic coated braces or you are due for your next adjustment, please call Dr. Joseph Wilson at 928-343-9559 to schedule an appointment.