For all intents and purposes, your new ceramic braces are exactly the same as traditional wire and bracket braces. The one key distinction is that the majority of the hardware has been coated with a porcelain-ceramic material, shaded to closely match to your natural tooth enamel.
The first step in maintaining your ceramic coated braces is to brush and floss twice each day. If you’re having issues cleaning in and around your braces and between your teeth, you might want to try using interdental brushes, floss threaders or dental water jets to remove plaque and residual food particles.
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, candy, or chewing on things like pens, pencils, and ice.
Cutting back on dark foods and beverages might also be worthy of consideration. Your natural tooth enamel will stain faster and deeper than the ceramic material coating the braces. If your teeth become stained, they might not perfectly match the shade of the ceramic coating.
If you do want to enjoy dark beverages, you might want to try drinking these beverages through a straw, or brushing your teeth shortly after consuming them. Tobacco use can quickly and deeply stain your teeth.
If you have questions about the best way to clean and maintain your ceramic coated braces, you can call Ortho 360 at 512-270-0030 to schedule your next appointment or schedule online.