Get Better Results by Properly Caring for Your Braces

Like anything else you need, braces require proper care and maintenance in order for them to work towards the desired results. During the initial transitional phase, you will become accustomed to wearing your braces and eating with them, but you will also learn how to properly care for them to get the best possible results without any issues. Your orthodontist will educate you on the things you need to do to care for your braces, so you know exactly what to do and not to do while wearing braces. In today’s post, we will discuss the dos and don’ts of caring for your braces.

Get the Best Results with Proper Care and Maintenance

The most important thing you need to do while wearing braces is maintain your normal oral hygiene routine to ensure that food particles are removed and you don’t have an excess accumulation of plaque. Using a small circular motion and making sure to brush at the gumline, you need to continue brushing your teeth twice daily. In terms of your diet, you need to limit the amount of sugar and acid you intake, both in food and drinks, as these types of foods can wear away your tooth enamel. You can get added protection with the use of a fluoride rinse or paste before bedtime every night. You also need to continue with your regular dental care regimen to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

Wearing Braces? Here’s What NOT to Do

While wearing braces to correct your smile, you need to be extremely careful about what you eat, as many of the foods you enjoy can cause major problems with your braces. For example, if you eat hard, sticky, or crunchy foods, you run the risk of knocking off the brackets, requiring a trip to the orthodontist to fix things. Chewing gum can stick to the inside of your braces and should be avoided at all costs when you wear braces, as it can be nearly impossible to remove. Drinks with a high amount of sugar and acid can damage your teeth’s enamel, so they should be minimized, if used at all. Be careful not to excessively scrub your teeth while brushing, as this can be counterproductive. Nervous chewing habits, like chewing pens or biting your fingernails, can also cause difficulties with your braces. If you take these tips seriously and take care of your teeth and braces, you will experience great success with your orthodontic treatment.

Contact Bandeen Orthodontics in Three Rivers today to schedule your initial consultation.