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Clear Braces

As your trusted orthodontist and orthodontic team in and around Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, and Bremerton, WA, we at Lingenbrink Orthodontics have made it our goal to help all our patients achieve their ideal smiles. In order to accomplish that, we realize how important it is to supply a wide variety of orthodontic treatments. Each patient has different needs – orthodontically and otherwise – and it’s our job to meet them all with our comprehensive selection of orthodontics. One of these effective and efficient treatment options we provide in our offices is clear braces.


Why You Should Consider Clear Braces


Clear braces (also known as ceramic braces) are an orthodontic treatment that’s very similar to
metal braces and utilizes the same methods to shift a patient’s teeth. The major difference between the two treatments is that the brackets of these braces are made out of a ceramic material. This allows the brackets to blend into the natural color of a patient’s teeth, providing for a much more discreet orthodontic treatment. This is one of the preferred treatments for adults and especially professionals as you’ll get the same effective braces treatment, only these clear braces are more aesthetically pleasing and less apparent. While the ceramic brackets are much more attractive, they have a greater chance of breaking when compared to metal brackets, which is why it’s vital for you to take care of your braces.


Taking Care of Your Ceramic Braces


To ensure a successful orthodontic treatment, you’ll want to make sure to take care of your braces as best as you can. As clear braces are incredibly similar to metal braces in most ways, they also require a similar maintenance as well. To keep your braces – and your teeth – in great shape, you should follow these guidelines:

  • Brush After Every Meal – Braces will offer many more nooks and crannies in your mouth for food particles to get trapped in. This means that you need to make a more concerted effort toward keeping your mouth clean. The first step to take is to brush after every meal and then again before bed. This will help keep food particles and bacteria from accumulating in your mouth and causing tooth decay or other oral problems. Don’t forget to floss and rinse as well!

  • Avoid Potentially Harmful Foods – While you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, there are certain foods that can potentially damage your braces. These include hard foods, which can break the wires and brackets of your braces and sticky foods, which can get stuck in the wires or brackets and cause them to loosen or even fall off. We recommend avoiding these types of food during your treatment.

  • Change Your Ligatures Frequently – The main difference when it comes to caring for ceramic braces as opposed to metal braces is that the ligatures – the elastic ties – will easily stain over time. Because of this, you should change out your ligatures regularly.

  • Visit Both Your Orthodontist and Dentist – Even after your braces have been applied, you’ll still need to see your orthodontist every several weeks to make sure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Also, remember to keep up with your dental visits as. Your dentist will be able to give your teeth a cleaning and a checkup to ensure that you don’t have any underlying dental problems.

Contact Your Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Bremerton, and Port Orchard Orthodontist!

If you’re interested in our ceramic braces or any of our other orthodontic treatments, please don’t hesitate to fill out our appointment request form to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. Feel free to contact us and let us know if you have any questions or comments. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve your ideal smile!


Lingenbrink Orthodontics

  • Bremerton/Silverdale Office - 55 N.E. Fairgrounds Rd., Suite 100, Bremerton, WA 98311 Phone: (360) 692-4811
  • Port Orchard/Belfair Office - 1890 Pottery Ave., Port Orchard, WA 98366 Phone: (360) 895-9099
  • Gig Harbor Office - 4700 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W., Suite 204, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Phone: (253) 851-8890

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