People who wear braces are more prone to dental issues, such as cavities and gum disease. The good news is that taking good care of your braces and teeth will help prevent you from developing dental problems. Below are some tips for taking care of your braces and teeth:
Brushing Your Teeth
Because you are more prone to tooth decay when you are wearing braces, you will need to brush your teeth more often. Orthodontists recommend brushing your teeth four times per day. You should brush your teeth before you eat breakfast, after lunch and dinner and right before bedtime. Brush for a minimum of two minutes and get underneath the wires. You should use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothpaste. Keep in mind that you will have to need to brush your toothbrush more frequently. Replace your toothbrush as soon as the bristles begin to fray.
Flossing requires more patient and time when you are wearing braces. However, it is extremely important because it helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from the teeth. You may experience some bleeding when you first begin flossing with braces. The bleeding should go away after you have flossed a few times. If the bleeding does not go away, then you should see your orthodontist.
Avoid Certain Foods
You do not have to follow a special diet while you are wearing braces. However, certain foods should be avoided because you can loosen or break your braces. You should avoid foods that are tough to bite or hard, such as pretzels, apples, hard candy and corn on the cob. You should also avoid chewing ice and bubble gum.
Additionally, some foods can increase the risk of tooth decay. Sugary foods and soft drinks are
examples of some of the other things that you should avoid consuming.
Look Out For Orthodontic Emergencies
Orthodontic emergencies– are rare. However, if you experience one, then you will need to contact your orthodontic as soon as possible. If you suffer a blow to the mouth or accident that moves or knocks out your teeth, then you should see an orthodontist as soon as you can. You should also contact an orthodontist if you experience severe pain because one of the glued-in appliances becomes loose or broken.
See Your Orthodontist Regularly
You will need to see your orthodontist regularly for adjustments. Adjustments are typically made every four to six weeks. It only takes 30 to 45 minutes to make an adjustment. Taking good care of your braces will help prevent you from developing problem. You need to brush and floss every day. You should also see your orthodontist regularly and look out for orthodontic emergencies. Furthermore, you will have to watch what you eat.