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Some people feel apprehensive about braces because they’re uncomfortable with the appearance of metal wires and brackets in their smile. There are several ways to address these concerns. One of them is to have your orthodontist, Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy, apply a special ceramic coating to the visible braces.

Ceramic braces are just like traditional wire and bracket braces only 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, it could increase the total duration of time needed to achieve your ideal smile. With that in mind, Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy offers these basic tips to help maintain ceramic braces.

Your braces and teeth will need to be brushed twice a day. You should then floss your teeth each night. 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 braces. Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can easily get stuck in the wires and bands, causing damage or even breaking something loose. This also goes for crunching down on hard foods and hard candy or nibbling on foreign objects.

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 by drinking through a straw.

If you need braces and you’re concerned about their cosmetic appearance, you should call McCord Orthodontics at 208.529.8333 to ask about ceramic braces in Idaho Falls, Idaho.