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Tips to Wearing Braces

Braces are worn by thousands of people to correct their teeth, whether they have an overcrowded mouth that is pushing their teeth forward to straightening crooked teeth. Braces are common in teens, though we are seeing more and more adults using this corrective technique to improve their smiles and boost their confidence moving forward.

Keep your braces clean

One of the concerns many people have who wear braces is getting food stuck between the braces, which is very unappealing. It is important to care for your braces and your teeth as you would if you weren’t wearing braces. In fact once you have braces you should focus on oral health more than ever, brushing and flossing after every meal to reduce the risk of getting food stuck which could result in tooth decay in the future.

Visit your dentist

Even though you will see an orthodontist for braces, you will still be required to attend your routine dental appointments. Your dentist will identify if you have any other dental issues, such as decay and plaque build up. Your dentist will catch these problems early on and put a treatment plan in place to reduce the risk of dental issues during your treatment time.

See your orthodontist

In the event your braces break or they are uncomfortable, don’t try and fix them yourself, be sure to make an urgent appointment with your orthodontist. Braces work in a specific way, so ignoring issues may slow down your corrective time and may even cause damage to your teeth in the long run. Remember braces issues, visit the orthodontist, dental issues, such as sensitivity to hot and cold, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Reduce tooth decay foods

Eating a healthy diet and watching what you eat will reduce the risk of tooth decay while you have corrective treatment. Reduce your sugar intake by eliminating sugared foods and drinks and be wary of foods that are acidic. Stay clear of chewy foods which can get stuck in your braces and damage them.

Being careful and aware of what you eat and drink can help you maintain good oral health throughout your corrective treatment, eliminating the need to visit the dentist more than necessary and having even more treatment carried out.