The ceramic coated braces installed in your child’s mouth are very much identical to traditional wire and bracket braces. The one notable difference is that the majority of the hardware has been glazed with a special porcelain-ceramic material.
This ceramic coating has been shaded to perfectly match the shade of your child’s natural tooth enamel. While it won’t make the braces invisible, it should help your son or daughter feel less self-conscious about how others might see their smile.
Proper cleaning and maintenance will keep the time they need to wear braces to a bare minimum. Problems with tooth decay or any damage to the hardware will likely increase the amount of time it takes the reach their ideal alignment.
Their braces and their teeth need to be brushed and flossed twice a day as part of their daily oral hygiene routine. If they have an issue cleaning hard to reach places, you might want to provide your child with some special oral hygiene toothbrushes. Interdental brushes can help brush hard to reach places in the hardware, while a simple floss threader with wax coated floss allows them to insert floss around wires and between teeth.
Your child will also need to be mindful of certain foods and daily habits. Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can easily get stuck in the wires and bands, causing damage or even breaking hardware. The same problem is posed by eating crunchy foods, hard candy and chewing on things like pens, pencils and ice.
If you have questions about how to best help your child clean and maintain their new ceramic coated braces, you can always call our orthodontic team at William B. Hentosz, DDS in Alhambra, California at 626-458-8898. We are always ready to assist any way we can!