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Some people find the visible metal brackets and wires of traditional braces leave them feeling self-conscious about their appearance. At the same time, braces hardware is also an essential element of the realignment process. To help ease some of these feelings, your orthodontist, Dr. Stephan Ramsay, will sometimes recommend ceramic braces in Austin, Texas.

The porcelain-ceramic glaze can be custom shaded to perfectly match the natural tooth enamel. This makes the braces less noticeable to the casual observer.

While you have the braces in your mouth, they will require a few minor care and cleaning considerations to maintain them. If any part of the ceramic braces is damaged or tooth decay issues arise, it will likely increase the duration of time it takes to realign your smile.

Brushing twice each day and flossing each evening will help remove residual food particles and plaque from the braces and teeth. This will greatly decrease the chances of developing cavities. If you are having trouble flossing between the teeth, you might want to try using a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

Dark foods and beverages can cause staining on tooth enamel but not the ceramic coating. This could cause the braces to no longer perfectly match the shade of your teeth. You can still enjoy dark beverages in moderation. However, it would help if you drank them through a straw.

Eating sticky foods or chewing gum can potentially bend wires and break a piece of hardware loose. A similar threat is posed by eating crunchy foods and hard candy and chewing on things like pens, pencils, and ice. Ideally, you should cut all of these things out of your diet and seek alternative foods.

If you are interested in ceramic braces, you should call 512-346-1384 to schedule an appointment at Ramsay Orthodontics.