4 Tips for Braces Care

So you’ve finally decided to correct your smile with braces? Orthodontic treatment can be a great way to correct overcrowding, misalignment and other teeth spacing issues. Proper care and maintenance are necessary, however, to ensure the best outcome and protect your oral health. 

Brush your teeth and braces daily.

We’ve all heard how important brushing daily can be; it is even more important when you have braces. Food debris, plaque, and bacteria can get trapped in your braces, creating the perfect environment for bacterial overgrowth and dental decay. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush each area of your mouth thoroughly. Rinsing your mouth out with water before brushing can help loosen any particles that may be stuck.

Floss your teeth daily.

Just like brushing, flossing when you have braces is very important. It can help remove additional debris that has been trapped between teeth and trapped between your braces. When flossing with braces, be sure to thread the floss underneath your arch-wire to properly clean all of your teeth.

Avoid teeth whitening products/treatments.

It may seem like a great idea to tackle two problems at once; however, teeth whitening products often only provide results on areas of teeth they touch. If you use whitening products during your orthodontic treatment you’ll be in for a surprise once they are removed; only part of your teeth will be lightened, with the area where your braces were left unaltered. This includes using teeth whitening toothpaste and even mouthwash. Opt for products that do not offer teeth whitening, at least until your orthodontic treatment is done.

Attend your orthodontic appointments.

Once you start your orthodontic treatment, your Dumfries orthodontist will want to see you periodically. These appointments are to ensure your treatment is going as planned and to address any issues your braces may have. Be sure to attend all of your appointments and point out any problems you may be having with your orthodontic treatment.