Braces are an excellent choice for crooked or gapped teeth. Having your braces finally fitted can be exciting and exhilarating. But how do you care for them to ensure that you achieve that perfect smile? Braces contain molar bands, brackets. Arch wire and ligature tires or the colored ties that hold the wire that supports the bracket. After the procedure, you may experience a temporary soreness which eventually fades off.
Here are some tips on how you can take care of your braces.
Although brushing twice is the recommended standard of oral hygiene, when you have braces, you should aim to brush after every meal. This is because food particles get trapped in the braces. Northern Ireland dentists agree that the longer the particles stay trapped, the higher the risk of developing gum disease and other dental issues.
Remember to use a rounded toothbrush with soft bristles. Rinse your mouth first to loosen any stuck food and rush your gum line at a 45-degree angle. Rinse again after you finish brushing.
Floss between the braces and under the wire. You can use waxed floss between your teeth.
When you finally get your braces fitted, you will need to pay attention to what you eat. Avoid chewy, sticky, starchy, and sugary foods, corn, caramel and dried fruits. Junk and hard foods are a no-go zone as they tend to loosen the brackets and can even break the wires of your braces. Eating sugary foods only make you susceptible to tooth decay and this could permanently damage your teeth.
Visiting your dentist when you have braces is critical as your dentist gets to examine your braces for changes in oral tissues and loss of minerals in the enamel. Additionally, your dentist will clean your braces.
Following the above-mentioned tips will ensure that you get to achieve an enhanced smile. Remember to visit your dentist for routine check- ups to make sure everything is working perfectly.