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The metal brackets, wires and other braces hardware can sometimes be visually awkward. This prompts many people with alignment issues to contact Dr. Goodson and explore more cosmetically appealing braces. One of the best ways to address these concerns is to have a ceramic coating glazed onto the braces hardware.

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

This style of cosmetically enhanced braces does require a few minor care and cleaning considerations in order to maintain them. If any part of the ceramic-coated braces is damaged or if tooth decay issues arise, it will likely increase the duration of time it takes to realign your smile.

Brushing and flossing twice a day 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 your teeth, you might want to try using a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

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

Eating sticky foods or chewing gum can potentially bend wires and break brackets. 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 and seek alternative foods.

If you are interested in finding a cosmetic improvement for your impending braces, you should contact Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS at 512-258-6683 to ask about ceramic braces in Austin, Texas.