Oral Hygiene With Braces
At Egger Orthodontics we delight in providing dental braces for people who desire to improve their smile. Braces assist in fixing crooked, overcrowded teeth and other jaw inconsistencies. As a result, braces can have some benefits like improving your smile, straightening your teeth, and improving your dental functionality. Before leaving our office after we fix your braces, we will give you instructions on how you are supposed to care for the braces.
At first, these instructions may appear to be overwhelming for many patients; however, taking care of your braces is not a complicated procedure as you might think.
We always advise our patients to observe their dental hygiene once we fix their braces. Therefore, you should ensure that you brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal to clear any food articles stuck under the braces. Besides, we will advise you to move your toothbrush in circular motions when brushing your teeth. This assists in removing any food particles between your teeth.
Make sure that you hold your toothbrush at an angle that allows you to brush between your braces as well as your teeth. It is important to ensure that you brush every tooth. You always brush your teeth after every meal when you have braces. Expect your toothbrush’s bristles to wear more quickly since you have braces. Therefore, you should replace your toothbrush as soon as you see any signs of bristle wear.
Flossing is important for anyone who wears braces. This assists in removing food particles and plaque that a toothbrush cannot remove. We will advise you about the suitable type of dental floss that you can use in your situation. You should floss at least once every day so long as you have braces. Also, there is a possibility for your gums to bleed when you begin flossing. The bleeding should stop after you floss a few times. If the bleeding does not stop, kindly visit us immediately for further examination and assistance.
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You should avoid certain foods at all costs once you get your braces fixed. For instance, you should never eat hard foods when you have braces since they can loosen your brackets or break the wires. If you don’t want to damage the wires on the front teeth when eating, cut your carrots, apples and other crispier foods into small pieces before you start eating them.
Also, you should never eat foods with much sugar to avoid chances of tooth decay. It is important to make sure that you brush your teeth thoroughly once you finish eating. At times, food particles might be stuck between your teeth or under your braces, and you will have a challenge removing them. However, you should make sure that you remove these food particles because the longer they stay stuck between your braces and teeth, the higher the chances of getting tooth cavities. Do not forget to schedule regular visits with our specialists to allow them to monitor your gums, teeth, and overall dental health.
Contact Egger Orthodontics at 425.270.1616 for more information about braces and dental hygiene.
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