5 Tips for Caring For Your New Braces
Braces help fix teeth that are crooked, too close together and too far apart, as well as help solve under- or overbites. The more you care for your braces the more comfortable and effective they'll be, and the quicker you'll have them taken off. Here are 5 tips:
Step up your hygiene. If your dental hygiene wasn't the best before you got braces, it's time to step up your game. Taking care of your teeth and gums becomes extra important when you wear braces, and caring for them means taking the time to brush your teeth and floss regularly. We recommend brushing after every meal, as foods are more likely to get stuck in your braces, encouraging the buildup of plaque.
Avoid certain foods. Your orthodontist will give you a list of foods to avoid when you have braces on your teeth. A good rule of thumb is to skip any sticky, chewy or hard foods. Sticky foods, such as caramels or gummy candy, are likely to get stuck. Crunchy foods such as popcorn an also get lodged in the braces or can cause them to snap when you take a bite. OUCH!
Have your orthodontist on speed dial. Chances are, if you play contact sports, you may get hit in the mouth. In the event that happens, see a dentist immediately. If a bracket or wire comes loose, you need to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist right away.
Invest in a mouth guard. Braces can be prevented from hard hits from contact sports by investing in a mouth guard. We recommend wearing a mouth guard on both your top and bottom teeth. Having braces on your teeth means you need to pay a bit more attention to your mouth, but your new and improved smile will be well worth it.
If you relied solely on brushing before you got braces, you've got to floss now that you have them on. Flossing after meals will help you get rid of food particles jammed between your teeth or in the wiring of your braces and on the brackets, but be careful as flossing with too much force, can also damage your braces.
The road to your new and improved smile is paved with tooth paste and dental floss, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
Until next time! ~ the team at Bona Dental Clinic