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Many teenagers feel self-conscious about needing to have braces. One of the benefits of ceramic coated braces is that the ceramic coating can be shaded to match their natural tooth enamel. This makes it harder for the casual observer to notice they have braces, and helps your son or daughter feel more at ease about the process. Beyond the ceramic coating, ceramic coated braces are just like traditional braces and are just as effective at aligning your child’s teeth.

With a few simple lifestyle modifications and a diligent oral hygiene routine, their ceramic coated braces will be easy to clean and maintain. If any part of your child’s ceramic coated braces is bent or damaged, your teeth can develop problems with tooth decay that will increase the amount of time it takes for the braces to achieve their ideal alignment.

Brushing and flossing twice a day will help serve to remove residual food particles and plaque from their braces and teeth. If they are having trouble flossing between their teeth you might want to try giving them a floss threader loaded with wax coated floss.

Dark foods and beverages can cause staining on tooth enamel, but not the ceramic coating. This could cause the braces to no longer perfectly match the shade of your child’s teeth. If they want to enjoy dark beverages, you might want to dry drinking these beverages through a straw, or brushing your teeth shortly after consuming them.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods has the potential to bend 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 help your son or daughter maintain their ceramic coated braces, you can call Straight Smile at 301-841-9348 to schedule an appointment.