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There are multiple styles of braces that are offered by your orthodontist, Dr. Steven Alexander. One of the more cosmetically appealing options is ceramic braces. Since the ceramic material can be custom-shaded to match your natural tooth enamel, it makes it difficult for the casual observer to even notice you’re wearing braces.

Even though the braces are relatively durable, they will still need daily care and cleaning. If any part of your braces is damaged or if you experience complications from tooth decay, it could increase the time it takes to realign your teeth.

Just like your natural teeth, your braces will need to be brushed twice a day. You should also make it a point to floss between your teeth and along the gumline at least once per day. This should preferably be done after your final meal or snack in the evening. If you’re having issues cleaning hard-to-reach places, you might want to try getting interdental brushes and a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

There are certain foods and activities that could pose a threat to your ceramic braces. Gum and sticky foods can easily get stuck in the wires and bands, causing damage or even breaking something loose. Bad habits can also do this, like eating hard foods and hard candy or chewing on pens, pencils, and ice.

It’s also a good idea to cut back on consuming dark foods and beverages. 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.

You can still enjoy dark beverages, but you might want to try drinking them through a straw or brushing your teeth shortly after consuming them.

If you need braces in Queensbury, New York, and you’re curious about your options, you should call Bartlett & Alexander Orthodontics at 518-793-8511 to ask about ceramic braces.