Brackets, wires, rubber bands and other appliances can attract food and plaque which needs to be carefully cleaned away. If you are wearing removable tray-type braces you will care for your smile in the same way you always do – brushing and flossing normally. If you have brackets and wires the process is a little different.
Brush after every meal with a fluoride toothpaste using a soft bristle brush and carefully remove any food stuck in the braces. Flossing when wearing braces is vitally important even though it may seem like a daunting task. The easiest way to floss is to purchase floss threaders which are available in the oral care section of your drug store or supermarket. Simply feed the floss through the spaces between the gum and the wire, and use a gentle sawing motion to work the floss around the teeth on either side. Repeat to floss your entire smile.
Certain food should be avoided when wearing braces because they can loosen or break the brackets. Avoid things like hard pretzels, popcorn, and raw carrots. Sticky candy like caramel and bubble gum are a no-no. Hard to chew foods like bagels and corn on the cob cause many problems. Most foods can still be eaten, they just might need to be cut into bite-sized pieces.
Dental braces are not just for kids anymore. More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment. As we age our teeth tend to become more crowded and an evenly spaced smile gives a more youthful appearance. Other people have found that a nicer looking smile can be an asset on the job or in their personal life – even if they never had braces as a child.
Find out more about getting a straight beautiful smile by contacting Columbus cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Levy today at 614-915-0165.