Whether you are an adult with braces or if you have a teenager who has braces, you know just how expensive this orthodontic care is. And that’s why it’s important to care for them with precision and detail. By brushing and avoiding certain foods, you can help to not only properly care for your braces but you can also make sure that your teeth stay healthy and strong during your entire orthodontic procedure. Read on to learn more about how to properly care for your braces.
- Avoid Certain Foods
A lot of people assume that orthodontists are just being conservative when they recommend to steer clear of foods like popcorn and chewing gum. However, orthodontists warn patients with a good measure for concern. For instance, popcorn can easily get lodged in between brackets and cause them to come loose or at minimum, cause sore teeth and dental pain. Chewing gum can get stuck on the front of your braces and cause wires to come loose— along with causing you to have to scrape off every last piece of gum from them as well.
- Brush, brush, brush
If you think about it, braces are the perfect breeding ground for germs and plaque to build up. Avoid the possibility of getting cavities or yellowed teeth and make sure that you brush your teeth after every meal, and both morning and night. It might sound excessive at first, but by adequately caring for your teeth while you have braces, you can avoid any dental problems further down the line.
- Don’t Mess Around
If you’re a picker— you know the type, the type who picks at things constantly— then this step might be particularly hard for you to stick to. One of the most important steps you can take to ensure that your braces stay strong and healthy is to avoid picking at wires and your brackets. If you suspect a wire is coming loose, don’t pick at it but rather call your orthodontist’s office right away and schedule an appointment.
By following these three easy steps, you can help to ensure that your teeth stay strong and healthy while you have braces.
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