During the most awkward phase of their lives, teenagers will do just about anything to avoid having to wear traditional metal braces. To help out our teenage patients their dentist, Dr. James B. Macomson also offers ceramic coated braces.
While these braces are still made up of traditional metal and wire brackets, the visible portion of the hardware is glazed in a special ceramic porcelain material. The coating can be customized to match the shade of the patient’s teeth, so it can be difficult to notice the wearer has them during casual social interactions.
Teens who wear these braces will still need to maintain a regimen of brushing and flossing twice a day. There is no need for a whitening toothpaste to be used because the porcelain braces aren’t subject to staining. Using a whitening toothpaste could cause a mismatch between the color of the teeth and the porcelain.
Patients who are interested in or have ceramic coated braces are advised to eat and drink dark foods/sodas to have them in moderation in order to avoid staining their enamel and causing another potential mismatch with the ceramic coating. It’s recommended that the patient brush his teeth after eating things like dark chocolate, dark berries and other foods known to stain teeth. Dark beverages can still be enjoyed but it’s advised you do so through a straw.
If you have a son or daughter who is in need of braces in Gastonia, North Carolina, call James B. Macomson, DDS, MSO, PA today at 704-215-4430 to schedule a consultation.