Often, a dentist prescribes braces to patients with orthodontic challenges; braces can help correct individual problems and misaligned teeth. These dental appliances are used to straighten and properly align teeth, and can correct an overbite or underbite. While wearing braces can have huge benefits, it may take some time until you get used to how they feel in your mouth.
If you are wearing braces, there are certain “dos and don’ts” to understand. By following these suggestions, your braces will last long enough to achieve your dental goals, and your teeth and gums will stay healthy.
● Be aware which foods to eat while wearing braces. Some foods can stick to teeth and harm braces. Ask your dentist or orthodontist what to avoid.
● Brush your teeth after eating to remove food particles trapped in braces and prevent the buildup of plaque.
● Replace your toothbrush every three months. Frayed bristles do not thoroughly clean teeth.
● Use a fluoride mouth rinse to clean your mouth and keep teeth strong.
● Use waxed floss to remove food particles in between teeth and braces. An orthodontic flosser or floss threader can be used to clean and remove food particles under the wires.
● Visit your dentist every 6 months for a checkup and cleaning.
● Eat chewy or sticky foods. They are more likely to get stuck and are hard to remove.
● Use hard-bristled toothbrush. It harms your teeth and gums and damages braces.
● Drink sugary or carbonated drinks. They contain sugar and acid that can damage and stain teeth.
● Self-adjust your braces. If they become loose or you have concerns, see the dentist for an adjustment.
● Eat ice or candy. They can damage braces and strain the jaw.
● Bite into large chunks of food. Cut meals into small, chewable pieces before eating.
● Gnaw on objects like pencils and pens. They can harm teeth and braces, and contain harmful bacteria that can affect both oral and overall health.
● Play with braces with your hand or tongue; this can loosen their fit and damage wires.
Braces are a proven way to correct certain oral health issues. If you or a family member needs orthodontic services, contact Ohana Dental Clinic to discuss your options at (905) 697-3440 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a consultation.