Ceramic braces are by far one of more popular options when it comes to teeth straightening due to their discrete nature in comparison to traditional braces. Apart from the standard metal wire, the rest of the braces are almost completely invisible – which can be a massive preference for a lot of wearers. Despite them being barely noticeable, this material does, unfortunately, stain a lot quicker. Luckily, this post will provide you with a variety of tips and tricks to help you avoid that outcome and keep your teeth stain-free and pristine.
What are Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic braces are similar to the traditional, metal brace but use teeth coloured or clear brackets instead to provide an extra level of discreteness. This translucent brace is often preferred by those who feel insecure about highly noticeable braces and want something less noticeable, particularly favoured by adult patients. If you’re still trying to decide which type of braces is best for you, then take a look at our post detailing if ceramic braces are better than metal?
How to Prevent Ceramic Braces from Staining
Despite all of the positives ceramic braces provide, it is no secret they stain much easier than their metal counterpart. This staining is caused by darkly coloured beverages and foods, which leak into the material of the elastic bands and can turn them a yellow-like colour. This is the last thing anyone would want when choosing a discrete brace in the first place, so here is a compilation of the best tips to avoid staining your ceramic braces.
Avoid certain foods and drinks
One of the main causes when it comes to ceramic brace staining is down to the food you consume. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to alter your entire diet to keep your teeth pearly white. Avoiding red coloured foods such as ketchup, paste or other tomato products along with red wines is good as they can often stain your bands a red colour. Yellow tones such as mustard, turmeric and coffee are also ones to avoid if possible as they can tint your ceramic braces a yellow colour. A good way to combat this is to use a straw when drinking beverages that could potentially stain.
Brush after every meal
Brushing after every meal is a vital tip to reduce the likelihood of staining. This is because the longer food particles and debris stay stuck within your braces the chance of staining increases, alongside the intensity of the stain. Not to mention this tip will increase the health of your mouth and reduce decay and bacteria build-up in the long run.
Smoking is well-known for staining teeth alone, so it is a sure-fire way to stain your ceramic braces due to the nicotine. Not only that, unlike certain types of food- nicotine smoke and residue is much harder to clean, even when brushing immediately after. Cutting down will aid this issue but quitting completely will help the health of your teeth, gums and eradicate any yellow, nicotine staining.
Floss and rinse regularly
Flossing and rinsing regularly is imperative when maintaining the colour and cleanliness of your braces and mouth overall. Flossing and rinsing twice a day minimum, even better after every meal, is a great way to get into those really hard to reach areas that can’t be cleaned by a simple toothbrush. Food particles may leave colour that will stain over time, especially when trapped between teeth or in hidden places, so make sure to invest in some portable floss!
Avoid whitening toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste sounds like a benefit when trying to keep your braces a pearly colour, but it can have an adverse effect. Using these regularly will keep your brackets and teeth white but once your braces are removed, the untreated teeth underneath will be discoloured. You may be left with brace shaped imprints that will be much harder to remove or treat. Follow our other tips beforehand and leave the whitening treatments until after you have removed braces entirely.
One of the most important ways to keep track of your oral health and appearance is with regular orthodontist check-ups. The clear ligatures used with ceramic braces are much quicker to stain than the actual brackets, so getting those changed when needed is imperative for ensuring your braces stay clear. Booking in regular checkups, ligature changes and making sure your brace and mouth hygiene is on track is the best way to keep your transparent colour and ensure everything is healthy.