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How to Take Care of Teeth With Braces

Having braces can sometimes prove to be inconvenient, annoying, and sometimes even painful. Although people with braces often complain about their limitations, they serve a very important purpose: to ensure a quality smile and superb dental health. Of course, with the “privilege” of having braces to align your teeth comes the responsibility of keeping these teeth clean. With braces, you may have to alter your dental hygiene regimen, however, this is not a task that can’t be accomplished. Check out the following methods of taking care of teeth with braces:

Brushing Your Teeth

Dealing with your teeth and gums turns out to be additionally vital when you wear braces. Nurturing them implies taking an ideal opportunity to brush your teeth and floss frequently. You’ll need to be delicate when you brush or floss with a specific end goal to abstain from harming the wires and sections. Here are four tooth-brushing methods to try for the purposes of maintaining dental health with braces:

  • Brushing with a soft toothbrush
  • Begin by brushing at the gumline at a 45-degree angle
  • Brush lightly on top of the bracket
  • Brush at the bottom of the bracket

Professionals recommend brushing after every meal to maximize removal of plaque and food debris, and also accompanying brushing with flossing between teeth.

Foods to Avoid

When you first have braces installed, you will most likely be given you a rundown of certain foods to distance yourself from. A decent and dependable guideline is to avoid anything that is sticky, chewy or hard. Sticky goods, for example, caramels or gummy bears (or worms), are liable to get stuck in your braces. Crunchy goods, for example, popcorn or hard pretzels can likewise get stuck in your braces or can make them snap.

Braces and Maintenance

On the off chance that a section or wire comes free, you have to see your orthodontist immediately to have it settled. Be additionally cautious with broken wires, as you would prefer not to coincidentally take in the wire or swallow it. Orthodontic wax can reattach a free section or conceal the sharp end of a wire standing out. In the event that a band, section or spacer tumbles off or turns out to be free, call your orthodontist to plan an arrangement to repair it immediately.

For the Athlete in Your Home…

If you’re worried about a child who plays sports and wears braces, worry no longer: you are now able to keep the braces on and ensure that they are protected. Be that as it may, have him or her wear a mouth guard to maintain a strategic distance from harm to the supports or teeth amid an amusement or practice. For the best fit, research how to get braces for your child that is specially crafted by your dental specialist.

Having braces installed can be quite an adjustment, however, they can potentially lead to a healthier lifestyle! If you have any questions about how to take care of your braces, feel free to contact us.