Taking care of teeth becomes a lot harder when you are wearing braces. These devices have a way of trapping food particles and other debris that enter the mouth. It makes your teeth more susceptible to plaque accumulation or tooth decay.
Given the fact countless tiny spaces can trap food particles on braces, oral hygiene becomes very more important for those with braces.
What are braces?
Braces are orthodontic devices that are used to deal with teeth alignment issues. These devices have been used for at least a century, and they remain one of the most effective ways to straighten a person's teeth. Braces work by putting a constant force on a person's teeth. This slowly pushes them into the desired position over time.
Traditional braces consist of two main parts. The first component is the metal brackets that an orthodontist places on each tooth. The second part is the pair of wires that connect all the brackets on a set. By tightening the wire, the dentist can increase the pressure being exerted on the person's teeth or loosen it to reduce the force.
You can expect to wear braces for as little as one year or up to four years.
Taking care of braces
As was mentioned earlier, caring for your mouth is the best way to keep your braces free of debris. You need to brush your teeth after all meals to remove most of the particles that become trapped in them. Brushing after meals goes a long way since it removes food particles and plaque accumulation in the mouth.
Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, and slowly clean the brackets, wires and their teeth. Adjust the toothbrush as necessary until all your teeth and parts of the braces have been cleaned.
Try to run some floss through the spaces that you can reach. If this step is hard, then try using a floss threader or a water flosser. Your orthodontist can also suggest the best flossing technique.
Maintaining the device
It is very important that your braces are kept in tip-top condition. You should go to your orthodontist regularly for adjustments or if you damage the braces.
Many patients experience pain immediately after their braces are adjusted, but that goes away within a few days. Talk to their orthodontist if the pain does not go away or if it worsens.
Avoid hard candy or foods that put stress on braces, such as apples. Also, do not chew on ice or plastic. These actions can damage your braces and slow down your treatment. A loose wire can also cut your gums, so see your orthodontist as soon as you notice any signs of damage.
Need help with your braces?
If you are considering braces, then call our office to learn more about the treatment process. If your braces are damaged, then speak with our orthodontist to prevent further harm.
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