If your orthodontist has put your braces on, you’re well on your way toward attaining a beautiful, healthy smile. However, you still need to take proper care of your teeth and braces to ensure they do their job. Today, the experts from Cumberland Orthodontics in Columbia and Somerset, KY, will explain how to care for your braces.
Whether you have metal, clear / ceramic braces, or Invisalign, it’s important to floss and brush daily and diligently. You may even need to brush and floss after every meal to prevent food particles from becoming stuck between your teeth and in your brackets. We strongly recommend using adjuncts like a mechanical tooth brush, a Waterpik, an inter-proximal toothbrush or GumChucks in order to help keep your teeth and braces in top notch condition during treatment. We also recommend using a prescription strength fluoride toothpaste while in orthodontic treatment. Remember, be gentle with both the floss and the toothbrush to avoid damaging your braces, but make sure that there’s no food or plaque left behind.
Even with proper oral care, some foods, such as sticky, chewy, and hard ones, may be too much for your braces to handle. Try to avoid crunchy foods like popcorn, which also has pesky kernels that can get lodged in your braces. Chewing on hard candy, tough meats or breads, and ice can cause problems and is best avoided. Go ahead and munch on foods like apples —but cut them up and take small bites to avoid issues. Vegetables like carrots are best eaten cooked.
If you play a sport, always wear a mouthguard to protect your braces. Getting hit in the face with a basketball, baseball, or volleyball is bad enough already—when there’s metal in your mouth, the accident may be even more severe. You should always wear a mouthguard during sports to protect your oral health, but when you have braces, this safety measure is even more imperative.
For a beautiful, perfectly aligned smile, enlist the support of the smile team at Cumberland Orthodontics. To learn more call (270) 384-2910 for their office in Columbia or (606) 679-8436 for their Somerset location. You can also learn more by visiting the practice online.