The ceramic braces installed by William B. Hentosz, DDS, INC are identical to traditional wire and bracket braces in almost every way. The one significant difference is that the visible hardware has been coated with a ceramic material that blends in with the shade of your natural tooth enamel. If you develop cavities or a piece of hardware is bent, broken or loose, then it will likely increase the duration that you need need to wear the them.
Just like your natural teeth, your braces and the ceramic coated hardware need to be cleaned twice a day as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Effectively removing food particles and plaque by brushing and flossing alone, might be a little challenging. There are often hard to reach places, that should not go unattended. Interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax coated floss can help keep these hard to reach places clean.
A dental water jet, or oral irrigator can help free food particles from around the braces hardware and along the gum line. Just keep in mind that it can never be as effective as floss for cleaning these areas as well as between your teeth.
It’s also important to remember that your natural tooth enamel is going to stain faster and deeper than the ceramic material coating the braces. Try to cut back on eating dark foods, and avoid using tobacco. If you do want to enjoy dark beverages, you might want to dry drinking these beverages through a straw, or brush your teeth shortly after drinking them.
If your notice mild staining on your tooth enamel, you call William B. Hentosz, DDS, INC to explore your options.
You should also be mindful of certain foods and lifestyle habits. 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 an adjustment, you should call William B. Hentosz, DDS, INC at 626-458-8898 to schedule an appointment.