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Braces can correct alignment issues with your child’s bite. This can help prevent future issues with dental fractures, tooth decay and enamel attrition, not to mention provide them with a more aesthetic smile.

At the same time, some teens are uncomfortable with the visibility of their braces. To help them feel more at ease, Dr. Chris Shannon can apply ceramic coating to their smile. This appliance can be shaded to match the shade of your son or daughter’s tooth enamel, making them much more discrete.

While these ceramic braces are just as durable as any other braces, they will certainly require daily care. Some foods and activities can potentially damage them or affect the porcelain glaze. If they are damaged, it may increase the amount of time your child needs to wear them.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can be especially problematic. They can get stuck in the wires and bands. This may bend or even loosen a piece of your braces. Chewing hard foods, hard candy, or crunching down on ice can also cause significant damage.

The dental porcelain will not be as receptive to stains as natural tooth enamel. It’s important to prevent their enamel from being stained, so there isn’t a mismatch. Encourage your son or daughter to drink dark beverages through a straw and abstain from any tobacco use.

If you live in the Davenport, Florida, area and your child needs braces, please call 863-877-1195 to book a consultation at Shannon Orthodontics.