LIVING WITH BRACES
To prevent any complications (such as broken appliances, delayed treatment, or “white circles” left on the teeth after treatment) you need to follow a strict home care routine. Fortunately, it’s easier than you might think! The better you take care of your braces, the better the outcome will be.
Here are a few things to keep in mind
BRUSHING AND FLOSSING
Patients with aligners can remove them to brush and floss as normal, but if you wear conventional braces it can take a bit more practice.
Use a soft or electric toothbrush to clean above and below each bracket. Follow up with an interproximal brush (such as a tufted “proxy brush”) to clean between the brackets.
Finally, choose a floss threader to weave floss under your wires to clean between each of your teeth. Or, you can opt to use a water flosser for easier access.
Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods as they can cause your brackets to come off. If you wear aligners, remove them during each meal. Eating the wrong foods is one of the biggest causes of broken orthodontic appliances.
Add fluoride into your daily hygiene routine. The mineral will help to strengthen areas that may be weakening due to missing them with a toothbrush and floss. Your dentist may prescribe a professional grade gel to use before you go to bed each night.
IF SOMETHING BREAKS
Let your orthodontist know. A broken bracket can be removed, but a long orthodontic wire may need to be snipped off with a pair of nail clippers and then have the end covered with a small ball of orthodontic wax.
GETTING USED TO YOUR APPLIANCES
It’s normal to take some time to adjust to having fixed appliances or aligners in your mouth. If there is an area where a bracket is rubbing the inside of your cheek, apply a small amount of orthodontic wax to smooth it over.
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