Health and Fitness

What to Know about Taking Care of Your Braces

Braces are one of the best ways to correct a variety of orthodontic troubles from crooked teeth to jaw alignment. Your braces must be kept in good condition for them to work the way they’re meant to work. That means you must take steps to take care of your braces. Do you know how to do that?

What to Do Daily

Daily maintenance for braces is much the same as daily maintenance for your teeth. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, though it’s better to do it each time you eat. Start by removing any elastics or removable parts of the braces. 

Thoroughly clean your braces and each tooth. Floss your teeth and around your braces at least once a day. Rinse with water or a mouthwash to finish things up.

When to Go to the Dentist

There are some things you should see a dentist for and other things you should see an orthodontist for. Which one you should see may depend on where you live. You should also see a dentist if you get a toothache or suspect you have a cavity. Some states allow dentists to provide braces treatment as well. 

If your state allows this, you could see your dentist if you have broken wires. Broken wires can be painful and cause sores in your mouth. If a bracket becomes loose or pops off, or if you need any appliance repair, you may be better off seeking care from an orthodontist.

Helpful Products to Try

You’ve probably noticed that thoroughly brushing and flossing with braces isn’t as easy as it was before you got them. Fortunately, there are some helpful products that you can use to clean every surface of your teeth and braces thoroughly. Interdental brushes make it easier to clean around your braces, between the teeth, and under the wires. You can use a floss threader to get floss under the wires so you can thoroughly floss each tooth. Water flossers are another great tool you can use to make sure you remove any food particles from your teeth and braces.

Not only does taking care of your braces allow them to do their job correctly, but it also protects your teeth. All those extra nooks and crannies added by your braces make it easier for food to get stuck and for bacteria to grow. That can lead to tooth discoloration and decay, which becomes quite visible when the braces are removed. Take good care of your braces so your teeth are straight and healthy when the braces are removed.

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