If you’re planning to undergo traditional orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to take special measures to ensure that your teeth remain healthy during treatment. If you ever have questions about how to care for your teeth, call your orthodontist right away!
- Brush After Eating
Traditional braces present a challenge to daily dental and oral care. The wires, rubber bands, and brackets can get in the way and prevent your toothbrush from properly removing plaque and bacteria buildup. To combat these challenges, you’ll need to brush your teeth more often. In fact, it’s best if you brush your teeth after each meal and snack. This will ensure that food particles don’t get stuck in your wires and lead to tooth decay. Ask your orthodontist about special toothbrushes designed to help you thoroughly clean in and around your braces.
- Floss Once a Day
Flossing is one of the most important things you can do for your dental health, especially when wearing braces. It doesn’t make sense to straighten teeth that aren’t healthy, so floss every day. When your braces are first applied, your orthodontist will show you how to floss properly, and he or she may supply you with specialized tools. Be sure to floss your teeth once a day to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
- Avoid Hard, Chewy, and Sugary Foods
Soon after your braces are first applied to your teeth, your orthodontist will give you a list of foods to avoid throughout your treatment. Hard, chewy, and sugary foods can be detrimental to your treatment because they can cause wire damage, bracket removal, and tooth decay. Adhere to this list to ensure your treatment is efficient and successful.
If you’re ready to begin orthodontic therapy, call Orthodontic Associates at (443) 341-4948. You’re sure to feel welcome with our friendly environment and caring staff. We offer Invisalign, lingual braces, and more, so call us today to get started on your new smile!