Ceramic braces are very much like traditional braces. The biggest difference is that the braces are coated in a ceramic material that can mimic the color of your surrounding teeth. This helps make them less noticeable.
One of the minor disadvantages of ceramic braces is that they are also prone to staining over the long run. Whitening toothpaste is not a good solution for dealing with stains on ceramic braces. Your teeth and the braces stain at a slightly different rate. Both are also affected by whitening toothpastes in a slightly different way. Also, the enamel under the brackets is not exposed to the whitening toothpaste. This means that when the braces are removed, you will see a difference in tooth color where all of the brackets were attached to the individual teeth.
Ceramic braces represent a serious investment in the cosmetic appearance or correction of your smile. The best approach is to maintain them with an effective oral hygiene routine while also cutting out certain foods and lifestyle choices that can lead to staining.
Try to cut back or completely cut out drinking dark beverages like coffee and tea. You should stop using tobacco products. Tobacco irritates the gum tissue and quickly stains braces and teeth alike.
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 while you have ceramic braces, please call us at 978-250-1961 to schedule an appointment.