Tips for Maintaining New Ceramic Braces

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The ceramic coated braces Dr. Ronald Champion installed in your child’s mouth are identical to traditional wire and bracket braces except the majority of the hardware has been coated with a ceramic material. The ceramic coating has been shaded to perfectly match the shade of your child’s natural tooth enamel. This helps your son or daughter feel more at ease and less self-conscious about how others might see their smile.

Proper cleaning and maintenance will insure that your child only has to wear braces for a minimal amount of time. If they develop cavities or some part of their braces becomes damaged, it will likely increase the amount of time they need braces to achieve their ideal alignment.

The braces and their teeth need brushing and twice a day as part of their daily oral hygiene routine. If your child is having an issue cleaning hard to reach places you can provide them with some basic special tools like interdental brushes or a floss threader with wax coated floss.

A dental water jet, or oral irrigator can help free food particles from around the braces hardware and along the gum line. Just keep in mind that it can never be as effective as floss for cleaning these areas as well as between their teeth.

They will also need to be mindful of certain foods and habits. 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.

If you have questions about how to best help your child clean and maintain their new ceramic coated braces, you can call Dr. Ronald Champion at 209-575-5888 to schedule a consultation.