Caring for Your Braces is a Critical Part of Treatment
While your new smile is in the process of being created, there is plenty each patient can do at home or while on the go to foster oral hygiene. The orthodontists at the office of Orthodontics, Inc. remind patients with braces that keeping their teeth clean is critically important.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Perhaps it’s unrealistic to expect you to brush after every meal, but you can at the very least give your mouth a thorough rise with water — especially if you have eaten or drank something sugary or acidic. Water may not be as effective as brushing, but does decrease decay causing acidity in your mouth, and it’s more convenient than carrying around a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Speaking of foods and beverages, avoid acidic and sugary options as much as possible. Candy is not your friend, and the acid in citrus fruits and vinegar can strip the enamel on your teeth.
Brush your teeth after each meal. If you’re away from home, pack a travel-size toothbrush, as well as a travel-size tube of toothpaste.
Use an interproximal brush, a tiny, easy-to-pack tool that’s designed to get into the hard-to-clean spaces in and around braces and between teeth.
Don’t forget to clean your tongue to remove bacteria before it gets trapped in the metal braces.
Flossing is critical in reaching spaces between the teeth and braces. When you’re away from home, take along a handy single-use pack.
Use a mirror to spot any places you might have missed during cleanings. Don’t have a pocket mirror? Snap a selfie with your smartphone.
At the office of Orthodontics, Inc., we’ve been successfully crafting beautiful new smiles for years. That’s why we work closely with our patients to ensure that our top-notch results last for years to come. Don’t hesitate to contact our office to arrange an appointment.