How to take care of your braces? What to do and what not to do?

How to take care of your braces? What to do and what not to do?

Applying braces is the first step to a perfect smile. However, to make sure you are moving in the right direction, you need to choose a good orthodontist

Why braces?

Applying braces is the first step to achieving a perfect smile. However, to make sure you are moving in the right direction, you need to choose a good orthodontist who will closely monitor the condition of your teeth.

If you have recently put on braces or are considering doing so, you should be thoroughly acquainted with everything you need and what you should or should not do.

Important advices for you if you are using braces

• Brush your teeth after each meal

Regular brushing is extremely important for good oral hygiene. Its importance becomes even greater when you have braces.

Braces, the arch that connects them and the elastics create conditions for food retention, accumulation of bacteria and plaque.

When wearing braces it is very important to keep your teeth clean. Food between the teeth should be removed immediately to prevent plaque build-up on the teeth and gums, which can lead to very severe gingivitis - gingivitis and tooth decay. Although dentists usually recommend brushing your teeth twice a day when wearing braces, this should happen after every meal.

• Use dental floss and interdental brushes

Like brushing your teeth, flossing removes food particles that are too stubborn or cannot be reached with the brush.

Braces in your mouth will make flossing an extremely difficult and challenging task, but the benefits are worth the effort.

• Wash with antibacterial mouthwash (when brushing and flossing is not possible)

Brushing and flossing is essential for your diet and health, but it is not always possible. When you can't brush your teeth or floss, wash your mouth with antibacterial water. This will not replace basic dental care, but it is better than no dental care at all.

Braces & Protect your teeth when exercising

If you practice any sport that can endanger the condition of your teeth, it is good to take extra precautions.

It is vital to protect your mouth and braces. It is mandatory to inform your orthodontist so that he can provide you with a mouth guard. This will protect your braces and teeth.

• Observe regular visits to your orthodontist

Strictly follow all monthly appointments with your orthodontist. This will help him monitor the condition of your braces, and you will avoid discomfort in case of problems.

Even if you don't have an appointment, contact him if you notice something wrong that worries you.

• Do not eat foods that can damage your braces

If you wear braces, you need to be more careful about the foods you eat. It is also very important not to bite the food with the front teeth, but to cut and chew with the back teeth.

If you are using the Braces avoid foods such as:

Pasta - this includes pretzels, hard rolls and pizza. They can be difficult to eat and much easier to get stuck in braces and create problems.

Crispy food - popcorn and corn chips are also a potential threat. They can loosen the straps and disassemble the brackets.

Solid food - This includes all types of nuts. Eating solid foods can damage both your teeth and your braces, and will cause pain if you have recently placed or corrected them.

Sticky food - These are chewing gum, caramel or toffee. Like pasta, they can easily stick to braces and cause damage.

Sugar food - All kinds of candies and confectionery. Sugar in itself can damage teeth, especially when it gets between braces and teeth. In combination with acid and carbonation, it can erode the adhesive that supports tooth braces.


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