Oral health should be a top priority for everyone, regardless of whether they are wearing braces or not. However, for those who are undergoing orthodontic treatment, such as braces, a consistent and thorough oral hygiene routine is essential. So if you have been wondering how to maintain a clean, beautiful smile, here is what you need to know.
Develop a Strong Teeth Cleaning Routine
The cornerstone of oral health is a consistent and thorough teeth cleaning routine. This is especially true for individuals with braces. Although it may take a little more time to navigate around brackets and wires, the time you spend cleaning your teeth will be well worth the effort.
Three times a day, be sure to brush every tooth, as well as the brackets themselves. Move the brush in a circular motion around the teeth, and brush at a 45-degree angle away from the gum line. Additionally, be sure to floss daily – threaders can help you navigate around brackets and wires with ease – to make sure any stray food particles are moved away from the teeth and out of the mouth. In addition to brushing and flossing, a Water Pik tooth cleaning device is also very useful in helping to clean your teeth and gums.
Minimize Acidic Food and Drinks
Many patients find the food and drink restrictions that go along with wearing braces to be frustrating at first. However, there are many good reasons why those with braces are advised to avoid foods such as apples, caramels, gum, and more. Hard foods could break the brackets, while very soft foods could get stuck on the metal. And any foods that are highly acidic, such as soft drinks, and sports drinks, can wear away at the tooth enamel. By observing the recommended foods list, you’ll save yourself the hassle of extra appointments, and preserve the health of your teeth for the long term.
Speak With Your Doctor
Ultimately, braces are designed to leave your mouth healthier and more aligned than it was before. This means that your entire orthodontic team is on your side, ready to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. So if you have questions about maintaining good oral health with braces, the best action is to speak with your doctor.
At Savage, Sabol and Visser Orthodontics, we provide orthodontic treatments to patients in and around Virginia Beach. So if you are seeking a practice you can trust, look no further. Simply contact our office to schedule your first appointment.