Starting out with braces is exciting for patients of all ages; it’s the first step towards a stunning new smile. But it also involves a degree of responsibility and dedication. Braces present some unique challenges in caring for your teeth and they demand extra attention to oral hygiene.
Our team at Hinsdale Orthodontist is here to help you master oral care, so your orthodontic treatment results in both beautifully aligned teeth and tip-top oral health.
Let’s address some basics to set you up for success!
Thoroughly brushing your teeth becomes essential when you have braces. The nooks and crannies of brackets and wires create hiding spots for food particles and bacteria. Aim to brush your teeth after every meal, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Pay special attention to the spaces between wires and brackets. An interdental brush or an electric toothbrush with an orthodontic head can help.
Clear aligners can provide an alternative to removable metal braces during brushing, yet they still require diligent brushing to maintain oral health.
Flossing with braces requires a specific technique to keep your teeth clean. Begin using a floss threader, a flexible tool designed to guide floss under the archwire. Carefully thread the floss under the wire and between two teeth, forming a “U” shape. Once the floss is in place, gently slide it up and down against the side of each tooth, reaching below the gumline.
Make flossing part of your daily routine to ensure your teeth straightening.
Certain foods pose a higher risk of causing decay, especially when you have metal braces. Sticky and sugary foods can cling to brackets and wires, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Choose braces-friendly foods such as soft fruits, yogurt, and lean proteins. Limit your intake of caramels and other sweets that can compromise your oral health.
Water is your friend when you have braces! It keeps you hydrated, washes away food, and fights bacteria. After a meal, a warm, non-sugary drink can help clean your mouth even more.
Damaged braces can contribute to tooth decay by trapping food more easily. At Hinsdale Orthodontist, we specialize in Damon braces, a modern alternative to traditional metal braces that often require less frequent adjustments and can enhance comfort. However, care is still important, as even these advanced braces can be damaged or broken without proper attention and maintenance. If you notice any loose brackets or wires, contact your orthodontist immediately for repairs. Avoid nail-biting or pencil-chewing, which can damage your braces and teeth.
Regular dental check-ups allow us to assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your personalized treatment plan. Your orthodontist and dentist work together to monitor your oral health and address any issues promptly. Schedule routine cleanings to keep your teeth in optimal condition and catch any potential problems early on.
Your journey with braces will be an exciting one; filled with learning and growth. Dedication to your oral care routine will play a key role in this transformative process. Remember, the small daily details make a big difference.
Providing the best service in the town, at Hinsdale Orthodontist, we are committed to guiding and supporting you every step of the way. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, get in touch with us for a free consultation and if you’re already up and running with braces, call us if you have any questions. Let’s work together towards your beautiful and healthy smile!