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6 Tips for Caring for Ceramic Braces

Ceramic Celar Braces

6 Tips for Caring for Ceramic Braces

To feel the most confident while wearing your ceramic braces, you need to take really good care of the braces. The elastic ligatures or ties used to hold the wire which run though the brackets are prone to staining. Usually clear or white ligatures are used with ceramic braces for a more discrete look, but these elastics are susceptible to color degradation if you eat foods such as curry or drink coffee.

Here are 6 tips for caring for your ceramic braces:

1. Brush Your Teeth After Every Meal

While you would normally brush your teeth two or three times a day, with ceramic braces you should brush your teeth after every meal to prevent staining. This good habit will ensure that all food color and plaque and bacteria are immediately washed out of your mouth, leaving your teeth and braces fresh and clean. You will have less risk of tooth decay during your orthodontic treatment if you do this as well.

2. Don’t Forget to Floss and Rinse

You want to do everything possible to keep your teeth and ceramic braces looking good so make sure to floss after each meal as well as even after snacks if possible. And in the morning and at night use mouthwash to reach all those nooks and crannies that hard to get with the toothbrush and floss. Most orthodontists recommend getting a water pick to make it easier to get all the food particles and plaque that can build up during the day.

3. Avoid Smoking

Smoking is bad for your health for lots of reasons and on top of that it also tends to stain your ceramic braces, the elastic ligatures/ties, and your teeth giving everything an unhealthy looking yellow sheen. And these stains tend to get really deep and are hard to remove. If you are a smoker, but want to get ceramic braces, it is best to go cold turkey before even getting them put on.

4. Learn What Foods to Avoid

Red colored food like tomatoes and tomato paste are big stain culprits so you should avoiding eating them during your treatment. Mustard, soda, coffee and wine are also to be abstained from as well.

5. Avoid Whitening Toothpaste

While using whitening toothpaste might seem like a good idea to keep your teeth and braces looking their best that is not really the case. Because the toothpaste can’t get behind the ceramic braces, you will have different shading of your teeth when the braces finally come off.

6. Keep all Your Regular Orthodontic Appointments

Remember the best way to keep track of your oral health and teeth appearance during your treatment is not to miss any of your orthodontic appointments. This way you will get the adjustments you need and any replacements that will you maintain a beautiful smile all the way through your treatment.

Here are also some more general tips for taking care of your braces:

 

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Best orthodontist Concord CA David Lee Board Certified Orthodontist in Concord CA Metal Braces, Clear Braces, Self-ligating braces, Invisalign, Clear Aligners Serving San Francisco and East Bay area including Concord, Pleasant Hill, Bay Point, Clayton, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Lafayette, Alamo, Benicia, Orinda, Moraga, Danville, San Ramon, Hercules, Berkeley, and Oakland.

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