The ceramic braces installed by Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla are exactly the same as traditional wire and bracket braces, only much of the hardware pieces have been coated with a porcelain-ceramic material. Because the porcelain is shaded to closely match to your natural tooth enamel, casual observers can hardly notice you even have braces. If any part of your braces is bent, or broken or you develop tooth decay problems on multiple teeth it could very well increase the amount of time you need to wear the braces.
Cleaning and maintaining your teeth and ceramic braces by brushing and flossing twice each day is absolutely critical. Interdental brushes, floss threaders and dental water jets can help you clean hard to reach spots in and around your braces.
Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can easily get stuck in the 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.
You might want to also consider reducing the amount of dark foods and beverages you consume. Your natural tooth enamel will stain faster and deeper than the ceramic material coating the braces. If you do want to enjoy dark beverages, you might want to dry drinking these beverages through a straw, or brushing your teeth shortly after consuming them. Tobacco use can quickly and deeply stain your teeth.
If you do notice some staining differences between your ceramic coated braces and your visible tooth enamel, you should avoid using teeth whitening products. While they will brighten the exposed parts of your teeth, the tooth enamel under the brackets will no longer match, once your braces are removed.
If you have questions about how to effectively clean and maintain your ceramic coated braces, please feel free to call Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla at 440-243-9575 to schedule your next appointment.