There are many different reasons people may need braces. Overcrowding, misalignment, TMJ and other reasons that may range from chronic pain to waiting a more aesthetically pleasing look. Whatever the reason there is a proper way of caring for your braces. Here are some great tips that will get you on your way to a beautiful smile.
It is important to attend your regular orthodontist appointments to make sure you are on track with the course initially laid out for you. If your teeth have aligned after the last adjustment they will be ready for the next step and you don’t want to miss appointments and cause your treatments to be lengthened. This also helps your orthodontist give you suggestions or commend you on your oral health care.
Avoiding sticky foods like caramel, candy, gum will help you be able to optimize your dental hygiene. You also need to avoid hard crunchy foods like popcorn, pretzels, bagel chips or hard candy as those types of food can cause brackets to pop off your teeth or break a wire. You will also want to limit foods that stain like large amounts of coffee as the area under the brackets will not stain and your teeth can look discolored. Likewise you will want to avoid tooth whitening products as the area under the brackets will not whiten. You can resume those after the braces are removed.
First of all it is very important to be consistent with your brushing routine. Before you begin to brush your teeth a thorough rinse with water will help loosen and remove some of the food particles. We recommend using a soft bristle brush as to not irritate the gum tissue. There are also electric toothbrushes designed with braces in mind. You can visit with your orthodontist and see what they recommend. Not only do you need to focus on brushing your teeth you need also brush your braces. Holding your brush at a 45 degree angle and brush around the wires and brackets will help you maintain good oral health.
Your dentist recommends you floss daily with or without braces! The only difference is you want to thread the floss in and out of your braces to help prevent it getting wrapped around the brackets and wires. Your orthodontist will demonstrate for you the proper technique so you can maintain healthy teeth. There are also some dental floss products designed with braces in mind that ease the flossing technique.
Just as your dentist recommends you use a mouthwash before you had braces you will want to continue the use of mouthwash. This will help kill bacteria and help maintain oral health.
If you or your child are interested in playing sports you will want to visit with your orthodontist about what mouth guard they recommend to best protect your braces and the inside your cheeks if your face should incur some type of trauma.
Extra Care Products
Sometimes you may have a wire or hook that is rubbing the inside of your cheek. It is helpful to have orthodontic wax and numbing gel to have on hand and use as needed. If there is a wire that has broken or come loose you need to reach out to you orthodontist as soon as possible.
Being diligent with these tips will help keep you on the right track to a beautiful straight smile. Yes there is a little extra work to keeping your teeth clean and free of decay but it will be worth it when you see your beautiful smile at the end.