Your braces are working hard to straighten your teeth. What you do or don’t do can make a big difference in both the outcome of the process and the health of your teeth.
Here are some of the best ways to have a good relationship with your braces.
Floss is Your Friend
It’s definitely harder to floss with braces than without. Flossing, however, is key to helping prevent cavities, gum disease and other problems.
There are different kinds of floss to make it easier, as well as floss threaders and handles. Floss also comes in different sizes and thicknesses, waxed and unwaxed. Ask us about these options.
Choose Your Foods
What you eat and don’t eat can have a significant impact on your braces. Sticky food like caramel or dried fruit is hard to clean off brackets and wires.
Hard foods increase the chances of breaking a bracket or wire, and can even break a tooth. It’s better to cut foods into smaller pieces (especially corn on the cob) and chew them with your back teeth to prevent damage to braces.
Stay away from sugary drinks of any kind; fizzy drinks in particular, as they are also high in acids.
Orthodontic treatment is a combination of different therapies that must all be used together to be effective. Wearing rubber bands, headgear and anything else your orthodontist recommends will shorten treatment time and ensure a better outcome.
Your orthodontist will have other instructions about things like appointments, oral hygiene and diet – follow them consistently to get the best results.
Keep Them Clean
Wearing braces means you need to work harder to keep your teeth clean.
A regular toothbrush isn’t as effective as an interdental toothbrush or Waterpik at cleaning brackets and wires. It’s also best if you floss and brush after every meal.
Professional cleaning is even more important when you’re wearing braces. So, see your regular dentist at least twice a year.
Braces can be your best buddy if you take the time to build a good relationship with them. Like any relationship, it takes time and careful attention. Don’t hesitate to contact us to ask questions or clarify something – we want to help you have a beautiful smile.