One of the biggest concerns after you get braces is the daily care and maintenance. It’s a new experience, having this appliance in your mouth, and it demands many changes in your daily routine. Here are a few suggestions for taking care of your braces:
Brush and floss after every meal
Since it’s easier for food to get stuck in your braces, most dental professionals recommend brushing and flossing more often than you would without braces. Brush gently, using a soft head, and use a toothpaste with fluoride. Floss gently as well, getting food particles out of the metal without damaging the braces.
Avoid certain foods
Any sticky, hard, or chewy foods can be dangerous for braces, so avoid candies like caramels, crunchy food like popcorn, and chewing on hard things like ice.
Stop those bad habits
If you’re a nail biter or a pen chewer, stop it right away. Any hard objects that you bite on could cause damage.
Get a mouth guard
If you play sports, you’re going to want to protect your braces from any possible collisions. Get a custom made mouth guard from your dentist that protects both your bottom and top teeth.
Be prepared if something goes wrong
A bracket or wire might come loose, something might snap, and there may be a sharp wire sticking out. Refer to our instruction page and call or email our office if you have questions.
Taking care of Invisalign aligners is somewhat similar—you will want to brush and floss your teeth after every meal to make sure that there are no food particles stuck in the appliance.
If you have any other questions about how to take care of your braces, talk to your local orthodontist. Here at Maduke-Bulat, we’re ready to help anyone in Delta or Surrey improve their smile with a minimum of worry or fuss.