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There are several different variations of braces that Dr. Laura Rothe can present for you. Some people are attracted to ceramic coated braces, because the porcelain-ceramic material can be shaded to match natural tooth enamel. This makes it harder for the casual observer to even notice the braces.

Even though the ceramic coating and the metal hardware of your braces will not be subject to tooth decay, they will still require daily care and cleaning considerations. Should any part of your braces come loose, bend or break, or you develop cavities, it will likely increase the amount of time you need to wear the braces.

It’s important that you maintain your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and floss twice a day. If you’re having issues cleaning in and around your braces and between your teeth, you might want to try using interdental brushes, floss threaders or dental water jets to remove plaque and residual food particles.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can easily get stuck in the wires and bands causing damage or even loosen a bracket. Regularly eating hard foods, hard candy or chewing on things like pens, pencils and ice can also cause serious damage.

Cutting back on dark foods and beverages might also be worth considering. Your natural tooth enamel will stain faster and deeper than the ceramic material coating the braces. If your teeth become stained, they might not perfectly match the shade of the ceramic coating. 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.

If you are interested in your braces options, you should call Dr. Laura Rothe’s office in Elkhorn, Nebraska at 402.289.3232 for a consultation.