Braces can do wonderful things for your smile by giving you straighter teeth. However, they will require extra maintenance and it is important to clean during your treatment time. Maintaining your oral health while wearing braces is essential for the health and well being of your teeth and gums as well as the success of your treatment. Our Izadi Orthodontic team can help you develop a personalized oral hygiene routine that will help keep your braces, and your teeth stay clean and healthy. Our orthodontic care team will make personalized recommendations based on the style of braces or oral appliance you wear.
Brushing and flossing with braces can be challenging. Your dental care team will provide you with new techniques and make recommendations for specific products that can help keep your braces clean and free of debris. Izadi Orthodontics commonly suggests brushing teeth more frequently during orthodontic treatment. Braces of any style can cause food to become trapped, and increase the risk of plaque and tartar buildup. Brushing your teeth after very meal and snack will ensure that you avoid serious tooth and gum problems.
Izadi Orthodontics may recommend the use of the following products:
- Toothpaste with fluoride
- Rotating electric toothbrush for metal braces or appliances
- Antibacterial rinses or mouthwash
- Dental floss picks
Caring for your braces while you wear them can have a lifelong impact on your oral health. Patients who do not practice diligent oral hygiene run a higher risk of developing a range of dental concerns. There are lot so tiny spaces in your braces where food can become trapped. It is very important to take the time each day remove all food particle that become stuck in your braces. If food is left there, it can lead to plaque and bacteria that can harm your teeth. Patients are encouraged to continue to visit the dentist every six months for professional cleanings and oral health exams to prevent tooth decay, tooth discoloration, and gum disease.
If you or your child with braces plays sports, we may recommend a custom fit sports mouthguard. Mouthguards are designed to protect teeth and braces from damage or breakage during play as well as protect your gums. The care and maintenance of your braces is part of your orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontic care team will help you manage your health during treatment.
We also recommend avoiding certain foods that can potentially harm the components of the braces and the bracket. The general rule of thumb with braces is to avoid sticky, chewy and hard food. These foods include:
- any hard, chewy and sticky candy
- pretzels or any other hard chips
- ice gum
Healthy food that is harder to bite and chew should be cut down into smaller pieces or cooked to make them softer and easier to bite.
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