You got your braces on, so what’s next? Well, your next and most important step after getting braces is actually caring for your teeth. Proper dental hygiene will ensure smooth treatment, as well as prevention against dental problems such as cavities or bleeding gums.
Caring for your teeth, with help from your orthodontist in Layton, is different when you have braces because you have to put in extra effort. You have to be extra careful with what you eat and use different strokes when brushing your teeth. Here are some useful tips that will help you care for your braces:
Be conscious of what you eat
Being conscious of what you eat means you need to know what food is safe for you to eat so as not to damage your braces. Hard food such as nuts, apples, caramel, bagels, carrots, popcorn and chewing gum can cause damage and create misalignment.
You can cut these foods into small pieces to make chewing easier. It’s recommend that you eat soft foods such as pudding, cheese, meatballs, muffins, bananas, jelly or even ice cream.
Floss and brush regularly
Brushing your teeth with braces is tricky. Particles of food lodge easily onto your braces, therefore brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is of utmost importance. When brushing, use a soft bristle toothbrush and apply gentle strokes. Interdental toothbrush can make cleaning easier as it will reach hard to clean areas.
Use a floss threader because it makes flossing easier particularly in between the brackets. Make it a habit to floss every after meal to avoid particles of food being stuck in between teeth, which will eventually cause cavities.
Don’t use teeth whitening products
You’ll have to delay using teeth whitening products until your braces are off. Regular use of whitening toothpaste or mouthwash can create discoloration on your teeth. You can use whitening products when your braces come off, to really get white shiny teeth.
See your dentist immediately when there’s problem
If you are having problems such as broken appliances, see your orthodontist immediately to get it fixed. Delaying it can create alignment problems that will push your teeth back to their former positions. This will prolong the use of braces.