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Braces are made from brackets, wires, bands, spacers, and other forms of orthodontic hardware. They are secured in your mouth or cemented onto your teeth. Since they are apparent in your smile, some people feel socially awkward about having braces. One way to change this is to have Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla apply ceramic braces to your teeth. This special appliance can be shaded to match your natural tooth enamel, thus reducing its visual impact.

While the ceramic braces are designed to be rather durable, they will still need daily care and cleaning. If any part of your braces is damaged or if you struggle with tooth decay, it could increase the amount of time it takes to fully realign your teeth.

Just like your natural teeth, your braces will need to be brushed twice a day. If you’re having issues cleaning hard-to-reach places, you might want to try getting interdental brushes. They have small-angled heads that can help clean food material and plaque from hard-to-reach areas around braces hardware.

You should then floss each evening. If you’re having trouble working the strand around a wire or other piece of braces hardware, you might want to try using a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

Certain foods and activities that could pose a threat to your ceramic braces include chewing gum and eating sticky foods because the products can easily get stuck in the wires and bands, causing damage or even breaking something loose. This also includes bad habits, such as crunching down on hard foods or hard candy or chewing on things like pens, pencils, and ice.

Cutting back on dark foods and beverages might also be wise. Your natural tooth enamel is more receptive to stains than the ceramic material coating the braces. Should the teeth in your smile suffer from significant staining, they might not perfectly match the shade of the ceramic coating. You can still enjoy dark beverages, but you might want to dry drinking them through a straw or brushing your teeth shortly after consuming them.

If you’re interested in ceramic braces in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, you should call 440-243-9575 to schedule a consultation at 360 Orthodontics.