How to Care for Teeth With Braces
You know the importance of dental care, and you care for teeth daily to ensure you maintain the best oral health. However, at Kulkarni & Fitz Orthodontics in Centerville, OH, we usually instruct our patients with braces and other orthodontics in the proper ways to care for their teeth during treatment.
As your orthodontist in Centerville, OH, we are going to emphasize a few key points when we discuss how to care for teeth with braces or orthodontics:
- Brushing and flossing
- Protecting the orthodontics
- Emergency issues
Brush and Floss
Brushing and flossing is not all that different with braces than without. You will need to purchase a soft toothbrush, and one with a slimmer head. There are now specialty brushes for those with braces, and you may want to invest in one. Flossing takes on new importance too, and you must make a point of gently flossing between each tooth after any meal or snack. You must thread the floss between the tooth and the wire and clean all areas, but you have to be very cautious about the wires as they can pull loose.
Eating the Right Food
Eating is a huge part of how to care for teeth with braces. After all, you need to start skipping certain foods to ensure the best outcomes, and some of those foods are healthy. For instance, those taffy candies, gummy bears, and chewing gum have to go, but you also have to skip things like popcorn, apples, hard pretzels and raw carrots when wearing braces too.
Protect Your Braces
Protecting the orthodontics involves a few things. There is the need to learn how to brush and floss without damaging them. There is also the need to restrict your diet to avoid foods that could pull a wire or bracket loose. Then you also need to know when it is the time to wear a mouth guard. As your orthodontist, we’ll review how to care for teeth during sports or other activities, and even supply a mouth guard to ensure your braces and your mouth are safe.
Emergency issues can crop up at any time, and one of the best tools to have on hand is dental wax. This can be used to cover a loose wire, secure a bracket that seems to have popped free, or prevent an area of irritation from worsening. And as you might have already guessed, when an emergency arises, get in touch with use straight away.
Contact Our Centerville, OH Orthdontist for Braces
If you have additional questions about how care for teeth with braces or orthodontics, or about any of the other issues mentioned here, give us a call at our Centerville, OH office at 937-748-0505. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly. To learn more about braces, read our other pages: Do Braces Hurt?, What Age Should You Get Braces?, How Long Do Braces Take?, and Who is a Candidate for Braces?