As you probably already know, different types of braces require varying amounts of care. Ensuring you get to enjoy a beautiful smile really includes the whole process of maintaining your braces during the treatment process and not just waiting for the final results.
That said, ceramic braces and aligners can sometimes be prone to staining or discoloration—which can make you feel self-conscious or make it difficult to flash your pearly whites. The good news is that there are things you can do to keep it from happening in the first place or even being as apparent. Here are a few tips for keeping ceramic braces clean.
Tips for Keeping Ceramic Braces Clean
When it comes to tips for keeping ceramic braces clean, there are a few things you really need to keep in mind.
First, you can avoid staining ceramic braces by brushing your teeth after every single meal or snack and rinsing with water in between. Just ensuring that any residue left behind by foods and beverages is a good way to reduce any discoloration. In fact, brushing as much as you possibly can is usually the best defense against any type of discoloration or staining on your ceramic braces altogether.
Second, make sure to skip those potentially staining items whenever possible. We’re talking about things like red wine, coffee, sodas, teas, etc. Additionally, you should avoid anything with artificial dyes or bright colors like reds, yellows, blues, etc. This is especially true with sweets that contain sugars or frostings, which can really leave behind a residue.
Finally, using toothpaste designed for whitening can help keep the surface of your teeth nice and clean. With ceramic braces, this can show through to the exterior, which can sometimes cause the appearance of discoloration if you’re not brushing enough with a whitening ingredient.
Do you have more questions or need further tips for keeping ceramic braces clean? Please contact us at Perfect Smiles Orthodontics to schedule an appointment today.