Wearing braces can make a big difference in your smile. When your teeth are aligned properly, not only are they are easier to clean, but they also put less pressure on the jaw joint and on each other. You will need to take a few precautions during treatment to ensure the best possible outcome, though.
- Brushing and flossing is essential. When you are wearing braces, your teeth can be more difficult to clean. Plaque and debris tend to build up around the brackets and behind the wires, which means that you may need to take extra time each day to brush each tooth thoroughly. When flossing, use floss threaders or special flossing tools that allow you to reach behind the braces and clean between your teeth without damaging the braces. In order to further combat bacteria and protect your teeth, our orthodontist may also recommend using a fluoride mouthwash.
- Regular checkups continue to be important. You will most likely be visiting our orthodontist every four to six weeks. These appointments allow us to monitor your progress. That way, we will be able to keep your treatment on track by adjusting your braces accordingly. If you want to keep your teeth as clean and healthy as possible, though, you will still need to have regular dental checkups and cleanings.
- Watch your diet. Sugary foods can promote oral bacteria, while sticky and hard foods can both damage your braces. You may also need to limit your intake of starchy foods and sweet treats while wearing braces. All hard and sticky foods have the potential to break wires or dislodge brackets, so you’ll want to avoid things like nuts, caramels, gum, popcorn, whole apples, and raw carrots.
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