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After careful consideration and examination, Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden might recommend that your son or daughter be fitted with braces to address any number of alignment issues with their teeth. While all braces work on the same principle of using progressive tension and adjustment to reorient the teeth, there are a few cosmetic considerations to keep in mind.

One of the more popular variations is to have the braces coated with a thin ceramic glaze. The porcelain material can be shaded to match your child’s natural tooth enamel. This makes it significantly harder for the casual observer to notice the braces and helps to keep your child from feeling self-conscious.

With a few simple lifestyle changes and oral hygiene modifications that will help them to maintain their braces. If they develop complications from tooth decay or any part of their braces is bent, or broken it will likely increase the duration of time they need to wear the braces.

Brushing and flossing twice a day will remove the majority of residual food particles and plaque from between their teeth and braces. If they find it hard to clean some of the hard to reach places in and around their braces, you give them interdental brushes or a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

They should also keep in mind that dark foods and beverages that could stain their teeth more significantly than the braces porcelain coating. They can still enjoy dark beverages, but it might be best to drink them through a straw.

If their natural tooth enamel develops some staining issues you could try offering them some whitening toothpaste when they brush their teeth. Otherwise, you should consult with Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden before attempting any more potent whitening measures.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can easily get stuck in the wires and bands, bending hardware and potentially loosening brackets. The same threat is posed by eating crunchy foods, hard candy and chewing on things like pens, pencils, and ice.

If you or your child have questions about ceramic braces, you can always call Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden’s offices in Derby, Kansas at 316-788-4000 to ask for advice.