Usually, the choice to have ceramic braces applied instead of metal ones is a choice of aesthetics. Ceramic braces tend to be less conspicuous than the metal alternative, and thus don’t affect the appearance of the per-son as much. However, in order to keep providing these benefits, a bit of extra care is required for people who choose to have these braces put on their teeth. There are a few simple rules of maintenance you need to adhere to if you want to continue enjoying the less noticeable appearance of these braces.
Brush Your Teeth After Meals
If it all possible, it’s always a good idea to break out a toothbrush and brush your teeth after eating. While this is generally a good idea anyway, it’s especially important when wearing ceramic braces, as this is the best way to avoid stains that my discolor the braces, and thus draw attention to them. Take some time to do this as shortly after eating as possible.
Drink Water With Meals
When you actually are eating, it’s best to have plain old water to wash down your food. Other drinks, such as carbonated beverages and—for adults—alcoholic drinks like wine may affect the appearance of the ceramic braces, since you are exposing the braces to chemicals. With water, however, there is no effect at all.
Hopefully, this isn’t something that needs to be considered with children and teens at all, but for some adults, this is a self-defeating habit. Not only is smoking bad for your health, but if you got ceramic braces so they wouldn’t show, tobacco stains ceramic braces just as easily—if not more—than it does your teeth.
Always keep in mind that once you choose to get braces, whether ceramic or Invisalign, you’ll need to adopt some extra maintenance habits to get the most out of this experience. Fortunately, with a little bit of care, these braces will come off and you can enjoy a straight, unencumbered smile!