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The metal brackets, wires and other braces hardware are designed to effectively realign your teeth through the course of multiple adjustment sessions. If you’re thinking about getting braces but you’re concerned about their overt appearance, you might be interested in asking Dr. Frank Celenza about ceramic braces in New York, New York. These are just like traditional wire and bracket braces, but most of the visible hardware has been glazed with a ceramic material that can be shaded to perfectly match your natural tooth enamel.

Just like any style of braces, if you develop cavities on multiple teeth, or if some part of your braces is damaged, the total duration of time needed to achieve your ideal smile could increase. With that in mind, Dr. Frank Celenza offers these basic tips to help you maintain ceramic braces.

Your braces and teeth will need to be brushed twice a day. Once you have thoroughly cleaned in and around the braces, you should then floss your teeth. 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.

It’s also important to keep in mind that there are some foods and activities that could pose a threat to your ceramic coated braces. Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can easily cause damage or even break something loose. This also goes for crunching down on hard foods and hard candy or chewing on things like pens, pencils and ice.

You might want to consider limiting your intake of 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 braces. Theoretically, you could still continue to consume dark beverages if you drink them through a straw.

If you are contemplating braces, and you would like to know more about how to cosmetically enhance them, please call Celenza, Frank DDS, PC at 212-327-2623 to ask your orthodontist about ceramic braces.