Braces can straighten and transform your teeth in dramatic ways, and can leave you with a stunning smile. Braces do take some time before the results will show, and there are certain steps you’ll need to take to maintain them during your orthodontic treatment. If you don’t take proper care of your braces, it could result in repairs and orthodontic setbacks, which cost time and money. Here are some helpful tips from Glaser Orthodontics on how to care for braces and your teeth.
Adhere to Food Guidelines
When undergoing an orthodontic treatment, such as braces, you need to be mindful of the type of foods you eat. Avoid foods that are particularly chewy or tough, like taffy and other candies.
Brush After Each Meal
When you have braces, brushing after every meal and before bedtime is a necessity. Try using an interdental toothbrush to get all the hard-to-reach spaces an ordinary toothbrush would miss, along with a fluoride toothpaste.
Floss Multiple Times Per Day
Even if you don’t have braces you should be flossing every day in order to clean in between the teeth and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you have braces you should be flossing after you have your lunch and at night before bed. Try using a floss threader to help you get around the braces.
Deal with Damage Right Away
If any damage occurs to your braces, be sure to see an orthodontist right away to have the appliance repaired.
Yes, braces do require some work and maintenance on your part, but the result is ultimately worth it. Consider each of the suggestions above in order to ensure that your orthodontic treatment is as quick and successful as possible, and be sure to contact Dr. Glaser if you have any questions!
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