Now that you decided on a type of clear braces, whether they’re ceramic braces or Invisalign® aligners, you’re probably super eager to begin your treatment.
Just like anything else you try for the first time, you may have some initial questions and concerns.
If you’re wondering how to maintain the transparency of your clear braces, that’s normal! We’re here to answer all of your questions before your mind wanders too far.
So, here’s how you can care for your clear braces properly to ensure that you end up with the best results:
Ceramic braces are a popular treatment for people who require a braces treatment but prefer a less noticeable option. These clear braces are made of tooth-colored brackets that blend in with the natural color of your teeth.
As ceramic braces are very light in color, they’re easily stained and discolored. So what can you do to ensure your ceramic braces treatment is as effective as possible? Clean, clean, clean!
Keep your ceramic braces clean to prevent plaque and bacteria buildup that causes discoloration.
- Brush your teeth after each meal! Chemicals found in certain foods are infamous for discoloring the brackets and sticking between them. Diligent brushing will loosen food particles and prevent bacteria from accumulating.
- Floss and rinse after each meal! A water pick, or water flossing device, may be used to flush between the teeth, wires and brackets to loosen and remove any leftover food particles.
- Avoid whitening toothpaste! If you use whitening toothpaste with your ceramic braces, the area of your teeth surrounding your brackets will whiten, but the surface of your teeth behind your brackets, will not whiten. Once your braces are removed, you’ll be left with a discolored area where the brackets were.
- Cut out poor habits! Not only is smoking very harmful to your overall health, but it causes significant yellowing and discoloration in your teeth. Red-colored foods should be avoided as well as sodas, coffees, and wines–which will each cause discoloration in your smile.
Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Invisalign® clear braces require gentle, yet consistent care to preserve the aligners as well as to preserve the teeth. This form of clear braces is ideal for patients who require a braces treatment but prefer a removable and nearly-invisible alternative to ceramic or metal braces.
Invisalign® aligners are made of a gentle, flexible and easily-impressionable plastic material. They are easily deformed and discolored, which means you need to take extra care of them to get the best results.
Keep your Invisalign® clear braces clean to prevent bad breath, discoloration and overall poor oral hygiene!
- Remove your aligners! When you eat, brush, drink (anything but water) and floss, be sure to remove your aligners. Eating and drinking while wearing your aligners will cause discoloration and create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to flourish. Brushing vigorously with your aligners in will cause streaks to appear and could cause deformity of your aligners.
- Wear your aligners as instructed! We will instruct you to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. Don’t remove your aligners for long periods of time (other than when brushing, flossing, eating, or drinking) or they will become ineffective. Your teeth and jaw require constant pressure to achieve a healthy, straight smile.
- Clean your aligners and teeth regularly! Each time you eat or drink liquids other than water, be sure to remove your aligners and rinse them before placing them back in your mouth. Take all precautions to avoid bacteria from building up in your aligners. Bacteria buildup will cause bad breath and discoloration in your aligners and teeth. Brush your aligners gently with a toothbrush (NO toothpaste), and brush your teeth normally at least twice a day, if not more. If you can brush your teeth each time after you eat, that’s even better! Soak your aligners daily in denture or retainer cleaner. Do not use any other substance as it might damage your aligners.
Clear braces are a great option for patients who require orthodontic treatment but don’t want the appearance of braces. Though clear braces are very effective, they require extra care to ensure an effective and efficient treatment. Wear your braces as instructed and care for your teeth properly. The last thing you want is to complete your treatment and be left with yellowed teeth!
If you have any questions about clear braces, proper care or adult orthodontics, don’t hesitate to contact us at our Warner Robins or Macon, Georgia office locations. If you’re seeking a local orthodontist, Dr. Gordon and Dr. Spillers are here to help you.