No matter what type of braces you wear, you need to know how to look after them properly. If you take good care of your braces, it will make them much more comfortable and effective, meaning you’re a step closer to the perfect smile each day!
Let’s talk about what you can do to make sure you’re keeping your oral health in check while you’re wearing braces:
Learn To Perfect your brushing technique:
Brushing is vitally important whether you wear braces or not, but it becomes especially important when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. When you have braces fitted, it’s much easier for food debris and plaque to get trapped in the brackets and cause problems, so you should use a toothbrush with a soft head to access those hard-to-reach areas. If you prefer to use an electric toothbrush, that’s fine too. Start your brushing at the gum line of your teeth, hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle towards your gums. Once you’ve cleaned your gum line, hold your toothbrush at a downward angle on the top of your brackets, and then at an upward angle to clean the bottom of your brackets.
People without braces fitted only need to brush twice a day, if you wear braces it’s best to brush after every meal. Keeping a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste handy in your bag is an easy way to make sure your mouth is clean and sparkling!
Get friendly with Floss!
Flossing while wearing braces can be a bit of a challenge, but it’s an important step in your oral hygiene routine that shouldn’t be ignored. Flossing helps to remove any plaque build-up, as well as any smaller food particles that are stuck in your braces or between your teeth. If you find it tricky to floss with flossing tape, try using floss threaders for braces or interdental brushes. If you are having difficulty, please don’t hesitate to ask us at your next visit for some oral hygiene lessons.
Foods you need to avoid:
Very few foods are actually off-limits when you wear braces, but your orthodontic practice will give you a list of foods you should avoid while undergoing treatment. Generally speaking anything chewy, sticky, crunchy or hard is likely to be on the list.
Sugary foods and drinks should also be avoided as these can cause staining and decay around your brackets. These stains can be permanent, and will become more obvious later when the braces are removed, which will not help you to achieve the perfect smile.
Habits such as nibbling on your nails or chewing pen lids, will need to be curbed, these types of habits can break or bend the braces which is never a good thing.
If you’re wearing braces, you’ll want to do everything in your power to make sure you’re going to get a fantastic result. Keeping your teeth clean, flossing, and thinking about the food you eat are simple but effective steps to make sure you’ll have a fabulous smile when the braces come off!