At All About Braces, we're proud to offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to suit the unique needs of our patients. While traditional metal braces are still the most form of treatment we offer, a popular alternative is ceramic (clear) braces. Clear braces work the same way as traditional metal braces, but with one key difference: instead of steel, clear brackets are made from a transparent ceramic composite material that blends in with teeth. This gives them a discreet, aesthetically pleasing appearance – but it also makes staining or discoloration possible.
How to Avoid Staining Your Clear Braces
Before going on, there's one key thing we need to understand. The actual ceramic brackets of your braces will never stain, as they're resistant to discoloration. The clear elastic bands we use to attach the archwire to your brackets, however, can stain – and this can make your braces much more visible.
The best way to fight staining is to avoid it altogether, and that starts with diet. Clear braces stain as a result of dark, deeply colored foods and drinks like coffee, wine, tea, and even tomato sauce. The dark pigments in these foods can leak into the material of the elastic bands, causing them to stain. The best way to prevent staining is by avoiding these foods and drinks in the first place.
In addition to monitoring your diet, making sure to brush your teeth and braces immediately after eating or drinking anything besides water will also help to keep your braces clear. If you can't brush your teeth immediately, try rinsing your mouth out with a glass of water. The goal is to minimize the amount of time your braces spend in contact with deeply colored, stain-inducing foods.
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With a careful eye on your diet and diligent brushing habits, you can keep your clear braces clean and clear, providing an aesthetically pleasing form of treatment that still maintains the benefits of traditional braces. If you have more questions on preventing staining or your orthodontic treatment in general, the team at All About Braces would be thrilled to help you. You can request an appointment or consultation online using our easy online form, and if you have any questions, feel free to call us at one of our six offices below. We're excited to hear from you, and we're looking forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!