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Traditional braces are a very effective method for correcting alignment issues with your son or daughter’s teeth. Left unattended, problems with the way the teeth meet in their bite pattern can result in enamel attrition problems and chips on multiple teeth. To prevent these orthodontic and dental complications, Dr. Amy Richter can install braces in your child’s mouth at her Buffalo, New York clinic.

If he or she feels self-conscious about the visible braces hardware in their smile, Dr. Amy Richter can apply a special dental-grade ceramic coating during the installation process.

The ceramic and braces hardware will need some daily care and cleaning. If any part of their braces is damaged or they struggle with tooth decay, it can increase the amount of time it takes to properly correct the alignment of their teeth.

Your child’s braces and teeth will need good oral hygiene habits to prevent cavities and reduce overall wear and tear on the braces hardware. This starts by brushing twice a day. If he or she is having issues cleaning away plaque and food material from hard to reach places, you might want to provide them with an interdental brush, which has a small, angled head that can help clean material from around braces hardware.

Your child should then floss each evening. If he or she is struggling to work the floss strand around a wire or other piece of braces hardware, you can give him or her a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

It’s also important to be mindful that certain foods and lifestyle activities can pose a threat to the ceramic coated braces. Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can easily get stuck in the wires and bands causing damage or even breaking something loose. This also includes bad habits, such as crunching down on hard foods, hard candy, or chewing on things like pens, pencils, and ice.

Cutting back on dark beverages and certain foods might also be wise. Your child’s natural tooth enamel is more receptive to stains than the porcelain coating. If the teeth in their smile suffer from significant staining, it might have a stark contrast with the braces. He or she can still enjoy dark beverages by drinking them through a straw.

If you live in the Buffalo, New York area and you’re interested in braces for your son or daughter, you should call 716-239-4815 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amy Richter.