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 braces.
  • 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 Dentistry 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 treatment.

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