Getting braces, Invisalign or other orthodontic treatment are sometimes necessities to make your teeth work functionally and your smile beautiful. Everyone involved in the treatment of your orthodontic issues and development of your perfect pearly whites want the best results for you so that you can be as confident in your smile as possible. But even once your braces are on and the realignments have begun, there are a number of things that you as a patient need to do to take care of your teeth and ensure that your orthodontic gear is working to adjust your teeth or jaw bones.
Here are some things that you will want to keep in mind while your braces on:
Enamel: The enamel on your teeth is the hard surface that protects your tooth from harm. It is also what the brackets and wires of braces are fixed to. As you can imagine, if these foreign bodies are not properly cleaned, it can really impact the integrity of the enamel itself, and create vulnerabilities for your teeth. It is best to ensure that you clean thoroughly around the brackets, and floss close to the teeth and gums to remove food particles.
Food: The food that you put into your body not only impacts your overall health, but also your dental hygiene. It is important that you are conscious of the food that you eat, as some can bend, break or damage the brackets and wires on your braces. You probably already know that sticky things like gum, and hard or crunchy items like popcorn and popcorn kernels can be bad for teeth while you wear braces, but you should also avoid nuts, cookies, ice and chewy candies.
Nooks and Crannies: If you are wearing metal, ceramic or lingual braces, you will notice that there are small spaces in between your teeth and the brackets, or between the brackets and the wires of the braces. In order to protect your teeth from plaque and tooth decay, you will want to properly brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash to reduce the risk of rot.
When it comes to keeping your teeth clean and healthy, there are tons of things that you can do to set yourself up to have and maintain a beautiful smile. These tips are just a few of the basic ideas for treating your braces well, but stay tuned to this blog for many more.
Here at Upper Eastside Orthodontists, our New York City Orthodontists want you to have the healthiest, perfect teeth possible. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today to schedule an appointment.