If you wish to improve the appearance of your smile but are not interested in wearing a set of metal braces for the next few years, you may be pleased to know that there is a more subtle option available to you. Clear braces are a recent development in orthodontics that allow patients to have their cake and eat it, too, working their way toward straighter, more beautiful teeth while avoiding the gawky look traditional braces impart.
To clarify: clear braces are not the same as an invisible aligner tray; they are identical to traditional braces in every way with the exception of the material they happen to be made from. The process of properly maintaining them and ensuring that they last sustainably for the entire duration of your treatment is, therefore, quite similar; while orthodontic appointments for this type of treatment do tend to be frequent and usually include an in-office cleaning, our Rocklin orthodontist will encourage you to take extra care when it comes to your personal oral hygiene routine at home. Brushing, flossing, and using a non-abrasive mouthwash goes without saying, and patients will usually be outfitted with a set of small brushes designed to fit underneath the wires and around the brackets; using these regularly eliminates the possibility of plaque and tartar buildup in these areas, greatly reducing the odds of tooth discoloration while you wear your braces. Avoiding any type of whitening products and treatments during this time is also highly recommended.
As they are made of a light-colored, semi-translucent material, ceramic braces are also much more prone to becoming stained themselves than are traditional metal braces. It’s not difficult to avoid staining your brackets – the same habits and substances that have the potential to stain your teeth may also have the same effect on your braces. Avoiding drinking red wine, indulging in dark coffee, and smoking or chewing tobacco products are all highly encouraged. Not only will these things stain the brackets themselves, but they will also stain the area around the brackets, leaving the spot of tooth hidden behind much whiter than the surrounding enamel.
One other precaution to take in defense of your ceramic braces would be avoiding situations and activities which could result in physical trauma to the teeth, mouth, or head. Not only do these things open you up to the risk of cracking a bracket or having one get knocked out of your mouth entirely, collisions which do not result in damage to the brackets themselves can bend the wire guiding your treatment which has the potential to set your regimen back months, or even years.