Once your braces are placed on your teeth, it’s important to take good care of them as doing so will help you stay on track with your orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists tell their patients how important it is to take good care of their appliances so the treatment progresses as planned without having to repair or replace braces.
Since there are many nooks and crannies around your braces wires and brackets, it’s essential that you brush your teeth thoroughly after eating to remove trapped food particles. It’s also important to floss daily and rinse every day with mouthwash. This will help you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid problems such as tooth decay and gum disease while wearing braces.
Steer Clear of Foods That Can Damage or Break Your Braces
To take good care of your braces, avoid certain foods that can damage or break the wires and brackets. Foods to avoid are any that are hard, crunchy or sticky, including popcorn, pretzels, crusty bread, taffy, caramels, corn on the cob, nuts, hard fruits and chips.
You should also limit the amount of sugar you consume while wearing braces as the bacteria on your teeth feeds off sugar which can cause tooth decay. Try some cheese or plain yogurt as a sugar-free snack and drink plenty of water to keep your mouth and your body refreshed.
Brushing Your Teeth with Braces
Using a soft bristled toothbrush and a small dab of toothpaste, move the brush in small circular motions to reach around your braces and under the gum line. Don’t forget to brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue before rinsing.
Flossing Your Teeth with Braces
The best way to floss your teeth without risking damage to your braces is to use a special floss threader. To use this handy tool, simply pull a small length of floss from the dispenser while wrapping the ends around your middle fingers. Then guide the floss between all your teeth to the gum line. As you go, unwrap new floss from around your fingers so you use all the floss from beginning to end.
Protect Your Braces When Being Active
You should not let your braces stop you from participating in sports or other physical activities. Just be sure to wear a special mouth guard for braces that will protect your appliances from damage. Ask your orthodontist for information on protective mouth guards.
Taking good care of your braces will help you enjoy your orthodontic treatment and also help keep your treatment progressing on schedule.
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