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How to Clean Clear Bands on Braces

Updated April 17, 2017

Ceramic braces are gaining in popularity as they are far less visible than their metal counterpart. The brackets used for ceramic braces are bonded to individual teeth and made out of clear or tooth-coloured materials to match your existing tooth colour. Clear bands are often used in conjunction with ceramic braces to maintain an "invisible" appearance. However, clear bands are subject to staining.

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  1. Avoid foods and beverages with strong colourants, such as, coffee, tea, wine, soda, ketchup, blueberries, or even tobacco.

  2. Brush your teeth after every meal and especially if you have had a strongly coloured beverage or food.

  3. Brush and rinse with whitening toothpaste and mouthwash at night and in the mornings.

  4. Visit your orthodontist every month to have your clear bands replaced.

  5. Tip

    The best solutions to keeping clear bands stain free is avoiding staining foods and brushing often.

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Things You'll Need

  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Whitening mouthwash

About the Author

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson began her writing career in 2010, writing for eHow and LIVESTRONG.COM. She graduated from Savannah State University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. She then earned a Bachelor of Science in health from Georgia State University and is now working on her Master of Science in public health from the University of Massachusetts.

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