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Some people find the thought of wires, brackets and other visible orthodontic hardware to be unappealing. One option to help reduce this anxiety is to have ceramic braces installed on your teeth.

This style of braces uses all the same components as traditional braces, except the visible orthodontic hardware matches your natural tooth enamel, allowing the braces to blend into your smile more easily.

Ceramic braces require a little bit of extra special care and maintenance. If any piece of orthodontic hardware is bent, loosened or damaged, it will likely increase the total duration of time needed to achieve your ideal smile.

There are certain types of food and other activities that can potentially damage your ceramic braces. Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can be particularly troublesome as they can easily get stuck in the wires and bands. This could bend or even loosen the hardware. This also goes for chewing hard foods, eating hard candy or crunching down on ice.

It’s also important to remember that your natural tooth enamel is more receptive to stains than the ceramic braces. If your teeth become stained, they might not perfectly match the shade of the ceramic material. You might want to try drinking dark beverages through a straw as well as cutting back on certain dark foods like chocolate and dark berries.

If you live in the Flagstaff, Arizona, area and you are interested in ceramic braces, you should call (928) 774-0881 to set up a consultation at Orthodontics, Inc. with Dr. Jacob Spendlove.