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Your orthodontist, Dr. Brett Gluck, offers a few different variations on traditional braces. One of the more popular options available is ceramic braces. Ceramic braces in Johns Creek, Georgia, is an appliance that is the color of your smile to give you a natural-looking appearance.

It’s very important to take good care of your braces. If you develop problems with tooth decay or if a piece of the hardware is bent, broken or loosened, your treatment time will likely be increased. So, it’s important to clean your appliance with a daily oral hygiene routine. However, effectively removing food particles and plaque by brushing and flossing alone might be a little challenging. Even if an area is hard to reach, it still needs to be cleaned. Interdental brushes or a floss threader with waxed dental floss often prove to be handy tools for these tasks.

A dental water jet or oral irrigator can help free food particles from around the braces and along the gumline. Just keep in mind that this technique can never be as effective as flossing.

It’s also important to keep in mind that the porcelain coating on the braces will only be receptive to minor surface stains. The exposed tooth enamel will be more receptive to tooth stains compared to the porcelain material, so it’s best to cut back on consuming dark foods and beverages. If you do want to enjoy dark beverages, you might want to try drinking those beverages through a straw or brushing your teeth shortly after drinking them.

If you notice mild staining on your tooth enamel, you should call your orthodontist, Dr. Brett Gluck, to explore your whitening options.

You should also be mindful of certain foods and lifestyle habits. Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can break or alter the appliance. The same threat is posed by eating crunchy foods and hard candy and chewing on things like pens, pencils and ice.

If you have questions about how to maintain your ceramic braces in Johns Creek, Georgia, or if you are due for an adjustment, you should call Quality Orthodontic Care at 770-664-6003 to schedule an appointment.