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The new ceramic braces installed in your child’s mouth by Dr. Christopher Liang are exactly like traditional metal braces—the only difference is that the ceramic braces are coated in a ceramic material that is shaded to match the natural tooth enamel. With that being said, there are a few basic care and cleaning considerations they need to be mindful of.

If any part of their braces is bent, broken or loose or if they develop complications from tooth decay, the orthodontic treatment time could be altered.

The first step to effectively maintaining their ceramic braces is to brush twice a day and floss once a day. If they’re having troubles cleaning hard-to-reach areas around the braces and between their teeth, there are some special tools that might help. Interdental brushes, floss threaders or dental water jets can help them remove plaque and residual food particles from those difficult places.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods poses a significant threat to their braces. The stickiness and pressure will often bend wires and bands, causing damage or improper adjustments. This also goes for chewing on hard foods, hard candy or hard objects, like pens, pencils and ice.

It would also help if you encouraged your child to cut back on dark foods and beverages. The natural tooth enamel will stain faster and deeper than the ceramic braces. If your teeth become stained, they might not perfectly match the shade of the ceramic coating, making the braces more noticeable. Tobacco use can quickly and deeply stain your teeth.

If you do want to enjoy dark beverages, you might want to try drinking these beverages through a straw or brushing your teeth shortly after consuming them.

If you have questions about the best way to clean and maintain your ceramic-coated braces in College Park, Maryland, you can call Straight Smile at 301-841-9348 to schedule your next appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Christopher Liang.