Corrective dental braces have an incredibly high rate of success with aligning your teeth. The benefits go beyond straightening teeth, you will find that developing healthy oral health habits develop as a result of having braces.
Whether you are just starting your dental braces journey or have had them for a while it’s never too late to start implementing these best practices.
Best Practices for People with Braces
We have compiled this list to assist you with getting the most out of your braces. Taking care of your braces is vital to your oral health. Without proper maintenance and routine check-ups, you are at risk of damaging your braces, having your braces on longer than anticipated, or suffering from stains after they are removed. These issues can be avoided with proper care.
Choose the Proper Toothpaste, Floss, And Mouthwash
Not all oral health products are good for your braces. Your dentist will likely provide a list of advised products that you should use along with samples. However, you want to avoid products with ingredients like dyes, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives such as propylene glycol.
Use a Soft Bristle Toothbrush
Your teeth are undergoing a major transformation so being gentle while brushing is essential to not stress the gums or teeth. When brushing, angle the toothbrush 45 degrees and brush above the brace wire and below the brace wire throughout the mouth.
Rinse, Rinse, Rinse
After eating and before brushing, you should swish warm water around your mouth to loosen any food particles that may have been lodged between your teeth, gum, and wires.
If you own an oral irrigator, which we recommend, use it before brushing for a deeper clean instead of rinsing.
Clean Each Tooth Individually
Use your toothbrush to gently brush each tooth. There are circular toothbrushes available to achieve this a little easier.
Floss Between Wires and Teeth
Achieving this task might be difficult when starting, but purchasing a floss threader will assist you with getting into those hard-to-reach places.
Check Your Mirror
This might seem a bit tedious, but taking the time to view inside your mouth after your routine is finished will ensure no food or debris hiding anywhere.
Choose Your Diet Carefully
Controlling your cravings may be the most difficult part of this transformation, but to ensure minimal damage and tooth pain you must avoid nuts, sticky candy, peanut butter, popcorn, bagels, chips, whole raw fruit, and tough meat.
Do Not Miss Dental Appointments
Appointments are vital for checking your progress, oral health planning, adjusting as necessary, and addressing any concerns you may have.
We Are Here For You
It is normal to experience pain within the first 48 hours of your braces being installed, however, if you feel as if you are experiencing a dental emergency, do not ignore it or “tough it out”. We are here for you and offer same-day appointments to assist you as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us today.