If you would like to straighten your teeth and enhance your smile, braces are an excellent option to do so! Although braces do require a bit of effort to maintain, the results are absolutely worth the effort. Here are a few steps you will need to take in order to properly care for your teeth and braces throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Avoid foods that can damage your braces.
When you have braces, there are a few changes you will need to make to your diet to protect these orthodontic devices. Sticky, chewy, or hard foods can potentially loosen or damage your brackets, which can impact your treatment and may even require you to have braces on for a longer period of time. Therefore, avoid snacking on foods like pretzels, caramel, hard candy, taffy, etc. If you would like to eat corn, be sure to cut the kernels off of the cob before doing so. You should also cut crunchy fruits and vegetables into smaller, more manageable pieces.
Brush your teeth carefully after each meal.
Brushing your teeth may be a bit more tedious when you have braces, but it is more important than ever to have a thorough dental hygiene routine. Doing so will help to prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, or even tooth discoloration that can occur when food particles or bacteria are left untouched on the surfaces of your teeth. To clean your teeth and braces effectively, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and clean around the wires and brackets. First, brush above the wire, then brush beneath it. Focus on each teeth individual tooth, working the toothbrush in a circular motion on each teeth for about 10 seconds. Don’t forget to clean the inside surfaces of your teeth as well as the hard-to-reach molars.
Floss every day.
Flossing is a key component of any oral healthcare regimen, but is particularly important for those with braces. Food particles get easily stuck on your brackets and wires which, if left there, feed the bacteria on your teeth. These bacteria release harmful acids onto the surface of your teeth and lead to cavities. To remove these bacteria and food particles, thread the floss carefully between the wire of your braces and your teeth. Then, move the floss gently back and forth between your teeth and braces in addition to between your teeth and gums. You might consider purchasing a floss threader to help facilitate his process.
Avoid chewing on pencils or your nails.
You may be surprised to find that small habits like chewing on pencils, biting your nails, or munching on ice cubes can be very harmful to your teeth. These habits are especially harmful, though, when you have braces, as it can loosen your brackets or even break them completely. Therefore, avoid chewing on inedible objects throughout your treatment (and after!).
Keep your regular dentist appointments.
When your braces are put in place, we will ask that you visit our offices regularly for adjustments. It is very important to maintain these regular appointments for a few reasons. Not only will this facilitate the progression of your treatment, but it will allow us to detect any damage or oral health issues that can occur.
To book your next appointment and maintain your braces, contact Dental Roots in Naperville today!