Braces offer a great way of improving both the look and the health of your smile. They do take a bit of getting used to and some extra effort to care for, but, with the proper cleaning techniques and a few simple precautions, you'll soon forget that your braces are even there.
Here are some helpful cleaning and care tips for braces from the dentists at Edmonton's Azarko Dental Group:
- Use a soft-bristled brush
Using a soft-bristled brush is a good choice when wearing braces, as the bristles will be less likely to damage or shift the wires. Brush gently but be sure to take your time, carefully cleaning the surface of every tooth and around the brackets and wires. You should also brush your gums, your tongue, and the inside of your cheeks.
- Brush after every meal
When wearing braces, it is important to brush after every meal in order to dislodge any food particles that may have become stuck in your brackets and wires. If you are unable to brush during the day because of school or work, then make sure you brush as soon as you get home. Even a light brushing after snacks is a good idea.
- Floss every day
Learning to floss while wearing braces can be difficult at first, but you'll quickly get used to it. You should be threading the floss under the wires, making sure that it reaches all the way down to the gumline. You can purchase special floss threaders to make the process easier.
- Use a proxy brush to clean your braces
A proxy brush is a very small brush with wire bristles that is intended to clean all of the hard-to-reach places around your brackets and your wires. You can purchase a proxy brush just about anywhere that you can also pick up a toothbrush. They are a great tool to have for cleaning places your toothbrush can't reach.
- Avoid sticky and hard foods
Once you get used to wearing braces you'll be able to eat most of the same foods as before. Particularly sticky and hard foods, however, are best left avoided or eaten with care. This includes foods such as apples, certain nuts, corn on the cob, hard candies, chewy candies, beef jerky, caramel or taffy, popcorn, and gum.
- Don't try fixing or adjusting your braces yourself
You shouldn't try to fix or adjust the bands and wires in your braces if they break or become loose. If a wire has broken and is bothering you, then you can gently bend it back into place with a spoon, but make sure you visit an Edmonton dental clinic to get it fixed as soon as possible.
Our Edmonton dentists at Azarko Dental Group can adjust, fix, and make sure that your braces are comfortable to wear. If you are having any problems with your braces at all, then don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with the Edmonton dentists of the Azarko Dental Group today.