Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces, except the braces themselves are coated in a ceramic material that can mimic the color of the teeth. This makes them less noticeable to the casual observer.
They represent a serious investment in the cosmetic appearance or correction of your smile. Maintaining them with an effective oral hygiene routine will reduce staining while keeping your mouth clean and healthy.
Brushing your teeth after every meal, especially if you’ve been eating foods that cause staining like tomato products. This also applies if you enjoy or drinking dark beverages like coffee and tea.
You should stop using tobacco products. Not only does tobacco cause problems for gum tissues, it also causes very serious staining on ceramic braces and brackets as well as your teeth.
Whitening toothpastes are a poor solution for dealing with staining while wearing ceramic braces. The enamel under the brackets is not exposed to the whitening toothpaste. This usually results in a very noticeable difference once the braces are removed.
Flossing is important for removing food particles and plaque that can cause gum disease. Be sure to take the time to find the floss that works best for you. Some people will choose to use a floss threader or super floss.
If you have questions about how to clean your teeth with ceramic braces, please call us at 914.472.9595 to schedule an appointment.