How to Care for Your Smile and Braces during Orthodontic Treatment

Remember when you were little and everyone in your class seemed to wear
good-looking (at the time) greyish braces in their mouths? It turns out these
things are beneficial to adult life as well. The American
Association of Orthodontics
claims that braces help fix teeth issues
including underbites, overbites, teeth that are close together, too far apart,
and those that are crooked.

Even with the promise of a healthy smile, many people dread their
orthodontics treatments because of how much care braces require from their
users. From brushing teeth and flossing them multiple times a day to cleaning
and proper storage of the braces, it all seems too much work to handle. We wish
we’d tell you otherwise but there are no short-cuts here. You will have to
commit to a proper care routine for your smile and braces. Lucky for you, we
have just the tips for that.

Brushing and Flossing

Proper care for your braces begins here. Here’s the thing: orthodontics
braces have plenty of small spaces that often trap plaque and bacteria. It will
take a consistent brushing and flossing routine to prevent this from
happening.  Follow the following procedure for easy and effective brushing
and flossing exercise.

  • Preparation:
    Begin by carefully removing the elastics and other removable parts of your
  • Cleaning
    of the braces:
    Use a brush at a 45-degree angle to clean
    around the pins and wires of your braces using a top-down approach. Do
    this repeatedly until all the plaque and debris have been removed from
    both upper and lower teeth.
  • Brush
    and floss your teeth
    : The next step is to brush your
    teeth. Brush each tooth separately using a 450 angle as well.
    Apply more pressure while moving in a circular motion for about ten
    seconds on each tooth. Move to other teeth and surfaces twisting and
    tilting the angle of your brush accordingly. When done brushing, don’t
    forget to apply floss. Ask a professional to show you how to floss or
    follow the manual instructions on the product package. Please note that
    flossing should only be done once a day. Finally, rinse your teeth with
    plenty of water or mouth rinse.

Care for Your Braces

Your Invisalign braces are quite delicate and can easily break if not cared
for properly. If you play a sport or take part in any other physical activity,
you might want to wear a mouth guard to protect your braces against damage
during practice or a live game. Rejuvenation
will tell you to put on mouth guard on your upper and lower teeth
alongside your braces. Be sure to have the guard custom-made for you if you
want the best results.

Follow Through With Your Orthodontist Visits

During your orthodontic braces treatment, you’ll need to check in with your
orthodontist on a regular basis. It is not uncommon to find patients who don’t
see any reason to do this when everything seems to be okay. However, these
routine visits are designed to identify symptoms of gum disease and spot
cavities. Your practitioner may also give fluoride treatments to offer an extra
layer of protection for your tooth surfaces against decay. If after a routine
checkup, you notice some pain and tightness that won’t go away or becomes
worse, consult your orthodontist at your earliest.

Foods You Should Avoid

You will be given a long list of foods to avoid during your orthodontics
braces’ treatment, including gum, corn chips, hard taco shells, hard and sticky
candy, nuts, and popcorn among others. In summary, stay away from chewy,
sticky, and hard-to-chew foods.

Even crunchy snacks such as hard pretzels and popcorn can easily get stuck
in your braces causing them to break when you bite on them. While you watch
what to eat, pay attention to what generally gets in your mouth. Pen chewers,
nail biters, and ice are things to steer clear of.

At first, you will have a hard time creating habits around caring for your
braces. However, once you get accustomed to the new habit, it becomes a part of
you. Hopefully, the above-highlighted tips will go a long way in helping you
take food care for your smile and braces during your next orthodontic