Orthodontic treatment is important both for improving the look of teeth and making it easier to maintain dental health as well. Unfortunately, properly maintaining braces and taking care of oral health while wearing them can take a bit of practice.
At Azarko Dental Group, an Edmonton dentist, we always ensure that our orthodontic patients know how to maintain their braces over the course of their treatment. Here are some of our best tips.
Braces and Dental Hygiene
Wearing braces will likely mean that you have to improve your brushing habits, even if they are good already. Make sure you are brushing morning and evening, and also after every meal if you can.
Pairing your toothbrush with a proxy brush is also a great idea. Proxy brushes are much smaller and have wire bristles, making them perfect for cleaning around your braces in places that your toothbrush can't reach.
Braces can make flossing seem like a tedious chore, but you absolutely need to floss while wearing braces in order to maintain good dental health. Floss threaders will make the job a lot easier, and can easily be found in any tooth care isle.
Foods to Avoid
While wearing braces you will need to avoid certain foods that could both damage your brackets and wires and get stuck in them, encouraging the growth of bacteria. Try to avoid eating chewy candies, popcorn, hard nuts, taffy, corn on the cob, beef jerky, and other similar foods. Many of the other foods you eat regularly should be fine to continue eating, but you might want to cut tougher foods into smaller pieces before digging in.
Taking care to maintain your braces will help your orthodontic treatment go more smoothly. Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush if you don't use one already, so that you are less likely to damage your braces while brushing. Take your time while you brush, cleaning carefully around all brackets and wires.
If your braces ever do become damaged, then you should not try fixing them yourself. Problems such as loose or broken bands and wires should be addressed at your Edmonton dental clinic. If you can't see your dentist right away and a broken wire is hurting the inside of your mouth, then you can use a spoon to slightly bend it away.
It is important to rely on your Edmonton dentist over the course of your orthodontic treatment as a source of help and information that can help you get though treatment more comfortably. At Azarko Dental Group we can address any issues you experience with your braces, and give you personalized advice on how to better care for your teeth while wearing them.
If you're looking for orthodontic treatment, then don't hesitate to visit our Edmonton dental clinic to learn more about completing treatment with the straight, white smile you've always wanted.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8