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Braces can correct alignment issues in your child’s dentition. This can help prevent future problems with dental fractures and enamel attrition as well as provide them with a more appealing smile.

At the same time, some children are uncomfortable with the visibility of braces hardware. To help them feel more at ease, Dr. John R. Schouten can apply ceramic or clear braces to their smile. This appliance can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel, making your child’s braces less noticeable to a casual observer.

It’s important to note that while they are durable, the ceramic braces will require daily care. Certain foods and activities can potentially damage the braces hardware or affect the porcelain glaze. If the braces are damaged, it could increase the amount of time your child needs to wear them.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can be particularly troublesome. They can easily get stuck in the wires and bands. This could potentially bend or even loosen a piece of braces hardware. On the other end of the spectrum, chewing hard foods, hard candy, or crunching down on ice can also cause significant damage to their braces.

The dental porcelain will not be as receptive to stains as their natural tooth enamel. It would be helpful to encourage your son or daughter to drink dark beverages through a straw and abstain from any tobacco use. Significant stains on their tooth enamel could make the ceramic braces more noticeable.

If you live in the Evanston, Wyoming, area and your child needs braces, you should call (307) 789-8742 to schedule a consultation at Uinta Orthodontics.