Caring for Your Teeth While Undergoing the Teeth Straightening Process

Posted on: March 15, 2017

Teeth StraighteningWhen undergoing the teeth straightening process, it is critical to pay careful attention to the daily care of the teeth. This is perhaps the most important time in life when it comes to oral health. Failing to care for teeth and gums can lead to infections that delay treatment and cause pain. Also, braces can be sensitive and not caring for them properly will lead to damage. Any damage will only cause more treatment delays. As a result, be aware of what is happening with teeth on a daily basis, take steps to care for them, and call our office at the first sign of a problem.

The type of braces matters

The type of care routine that one needs to follow during an orthodontic treatment will depend on the type of braces. For example, clear braces and metal braces that we secure to the teeth will have a different care routine than removable clear aligners.

Essentially, braces ca increase the risk of infection or damage the teeth if the patient does not keep up proper oral hygiene. There is a greater likelihood of the wires or brackets trapping food. If one does not properly remove the food from the braces, the risk of developing a cavity will go up. Thus, it is necessary to brush teeth after every meal and to floss daily. Also, when brackets are fixed to the teeth there is a risk that eating something hard or sticky could dislodge them and cause a delay to the orthodontic treatment.

Clear aligners have a different care routine because they are supposed to come out every time that food is eaten. This is necessary because eating with them in or drinking anything hot can cause them to warp and stop moving teeth as they should. Still, even though they come out to eat, it is necessary to brush teeth after every meal to avoid the possibility of the aligner trapping food particles and plaque on the teeth throughout the day.

Regular checkups

While undergoing the teeth straightening process, it is necessary to visit the dentist for bi-annual teeth cleanings. It can be difficult to remove all the plaque that builds up on the teeth, especially when wearing traditional braces. Visiting the dentist for thorough teeth cleanings twice a year is the best way to limit plaque buildup and potential cavities and gum disease.

If a cavity does develop, it is necessary to remove it immediately and if this requires temporarily removing a portion of the braces, it is possible to do. While it is certainly best to avoid this situation, leaving a cavity in the mouth for the duration of the teeth straightening process is more dangerous.

Preventative steps

To avoid oral health problems during an orthodontic treatment, do the following:

  • Brush after every meal
  • Rinse after each snack if brushing is not an option
  • Floss daily
  • Switch from soda and juice to water
  • Stay away from sticky foods
  • Avoid nuts and other hard food
  • Keep all scheduled orthodontic treatments

Call for help

For tips and suggestions, call our orthodontic office and schedule an appointment.


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