How to Keep Clear Braces Free from Stains

Posted on: July 20, 2016

Clear BracesClear braces are specifically designed to blend with your teeth which makes them almost unnoticeable. Since they are made of ceramic, unlike traditional metal braces, the brackets used by the clear braces, also match the color of your teeth.  This is a distinct advantage when it comes to having a discreet way to straighten your teeth. However, there is also the factor of staining, which is one of the things that many patients are concerned about. It is, in fact, possible to stain your clear braces, making it so that they’re not quite as clear and easily visible on your teeth. It is important to know this because if you avoid the factors that can lead to the staining of your braces, they will remain as discreet as ever.  The first thing to know is that it is a common misconception to think that the ceramic brackets are the part that can easily be stained. There is little debate about the fact that the ceramic brackets on your clear braces, stain more easily than metal ones but changes in technology are narrowing this gap. The truth is that with advances in technology the ceramic brackets that hold the clear braces on your teeth are far less likely to get stained than the ligatures which hold the archwires attached to the brackets themselves.

When it comes to protecting your clear braces from staining, unfortunately, there are going to be certain foods that you are going to need to reduce the consumption of. These include commonly used food products and substances, and it’s often a bitter pill to swallow for those who are getting their teeth straightened with the help of clear braces. Foods like soy sauce and mustard have a high concentration of naturally occurring dyes, and sometimes even chemically added dyes, that can easily stain both your teeth and your clear braces. You should try to avoid these products as much as possible. Another excellent example of food with a natural coloring, that can stain your clear braces are tomatoes and tomato-based products. Because tomatoes have a high red coloring, which occurs naturally, they make for an excellent stainer of your clear braces. Tomato-based products are something that you should minimize the consumption of for the duration of your treatment. If you do have tomato based products, is it advisable to rinse your teeth immediately and brush them as soon as possible. In addition,  popular beverages like tea and coffee are also agents of stain.  Consuming large quantities of tea and coffee can stain both your teeth and your clear braces, and should be avoided as much as possible.

The simplest way to protect your clear braces from staining is to get into a routine of brushing and cleaning your teeth on a regular basis. It is strongly advised when you have your clear braces, that you brush your teeth immediately after every meal. What this does is remove the coloring in the food off your teeth and prevent it from having the opportunity to stain your clear braces.  If you cannot brush your teeth immediately after every meal, you should at least rinse your mouth out thoroughly to ensure that the color cannot sit on your clear braces for an extended period of time.

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