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If you have a teenager who has been told they need braces, we can only imagine just how hard they’ve fought against it. Your dentist, Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter, understands how painfully awkward the teenage years can be and that’s why she offers ceramic coated braces as an alternative to help.

Technically, these braces are the same metal wires and brackets used in traditional braces, but the difference is a ceramic porcelain glaze that is applied to them. The color of the porcelain material is selected based on the color of your child’s natural teeth and allows them to virtually unnoticeable during their casual encounters.

Your child should still maintain a daily routine of brushing and flossing twice daily, but please ask them to avoid using whitening toothpaste. Using a whitening toothpaste can cause a mismatch between the color of the teeth and the ceramic coating. The reason for the mismatch is that whitening toothpaste can change the color of the tooth’s enamel from the color of the ceramic that was chosen when matching it to your teeth.

Eating too many dark foods or drinking too many dark colored drinks can also stain the enamel and potentially cause another mismatch. Your child can still enjoy dark foods like dark chocolate or dark colored berries, but they should brush their teeth after doing so to avoid staining. They also may still drink their favorite soda in moderation, but should do so using a straw.

If you have a child who is in need of braces in Astoria, New York please call Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics today at 718-278-2441 to schedule a consultation. We are a great practice for those in surrounding areas like Queens, Elmhurst, Long Island City, Woodside, Corona, Jackson Heights, and Middle Village, New York.