A Quick Guide to Caring For Your Braces

Having braces usually means having to take special care of your teeth as they are aligned to their proper position.  This means having to know and be careful to follow a number of suggestions to guarantee your teeth and braces remain in excellent condition.  It is important to remember that by ignoring care for your braces, you risk having to wear braces for longer, as well as possibly causing damage to your mouth.  Do not let it come to this!  Below are a few simple things you can do to care for your braces.

Brushing Your Teeth

When it comes to braces, it is best to brush after every single meal.  Brushing will help remove food particulates from around your teeth and braces.  This helps stop anything from becoming lodged in between your teeth and braces.  You can also use special orthodontist floss once a day to rub against the wiring to clean your braces.  Finally, rinse your mouth vigorously with water whenever you have the chance.

If you are searching for a toothbrush, then consider getting a “Christmas Tree” brush.  These brushes are designed to get in-between braces and teeth, providing additional coverage.

Foods to Avoid

It is best to eat less food that requires extensive chewing or is hard impact.  This may cause parts of the braces to become dislodged and ineffective in helping your teeth.  By staying away from sweets and starches, you also reduce the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease.  Chewy and sticky foods may also cause problems with your teeth, as they have a tendency to easily get stuck in braces.

Activities to be Cautious About

If you are into sports or any other high activity sport, then consult with your orthodontist about what kind of braces will be right for you.  These sports increase the chance of mouth injury, which could cause serious damage to your braces.  It may be that you will have to restrict high impact sports until the braces come out.

Putting it All Together

Caring for your teeth while wearing braces doesn’t have to be a chore.  Instead, keep these suggestions in mind and you can reduce the risk of causing damage.  If you have any additional questions, contact your orthodontist, as they will have additional suggestions and advice concerning proper teeth care.  Until the braces eventually come off, good luck!

Hopefully this article provided you more information on caring for your braces.

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