Maintaining Healthy Teeth during Braces Treatment
Keeping teeth healthy requires regular maintenance throughout life, and this is especially true when you wear braces. Risk of tooth decay and gum disease can increase when undergoing orthodontics, but taking the right steps can protect your oral health during this time. Here is a guide to oral hygiene while your teeth are being straightened.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A diet high in sugar will increase your risks of dental problems. Furthermore, sugars can more easily collect on your teeth during orthodontic treatment. Starches, if eaten frequently enough, can also contribute to plaque. Rinsing after meals can help prevent plaque buildup and the problems it causes.
Brush and Floss Every Day
Continue to brush and floss your teeth as you receive bite correction. A soft-bristled toothbrush, best for preventing damage to metal brackets, should be used from different angles for the best results. If you have trouble flossing because of wires, floss threaders may be helpful.
Clean Aligners Daily
If you are using Invisalign, remember to clean your aligners each day. Use cool water and a mild dish detergent to avoid damage. Never try to clean your aligners with hot water or a dishwasher, which could warp the plastic.
Not only can these tips help save you money on dental care, but they will also help your smile look its best right after you finish orthodontic treatment. If you want to learn more about caring for your teeth while they are being straightened, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Allen Sanders.
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