Your Teeth Can Remain Healthy with the Help of a Braces Specialist

Posted on: August 17, 2016

Braces SpecialistBeing a braces specialist, we know that among the most difficult things a person has to deal with when getting braces is the cleaning regiment. It is critically important that you maintain a high standard of oral health and hygiene for the entire time you have braces in your mouth. The reason why we advocate for a much more stringent oral health care routine when you are undergoing treatment by a braces specialist is because the potential for getting cavities or tooth decay is significantly increased when you have braces in your mouth. The function of braces is to create a tight seal on the teeth and to gradually force them out of their misalignment into a more pleasing and correct arrangement. In order to do this, braces use wires, brackets, and rubber bands that gradually apply pressure to the teeth. However, any time you have a permanent attachment to your teeth, like the brackets will temporarily be, you will find it extremely easy for food to get stuck behind these brackets, the wires, or even the rubber bands. Depending on the type of food you eat, it is very easy for the food to get stuck in places on the braces, which are in constant contact with your teeth and need to be given extra care when cleaning them.

Avoid Cavities When Wearing Braces

Cavities are typically formed when food is allowed to stay in contact for an extended period of time. When the food remains in contact with the teeth, the natural bacteria that exist in the mouth will start to secrete acid that eats away at the tooth enamel. This is a situation that is easily adapted to by brushing your teeth regularly and visiting the dentist for regularly scheduled clean-ups. However, if you have braces, this problem is exacerbated by the fact that the braces create hard-to-access spots for food particles and hence allows the bacteria to build up. It is, therefore, essential that you make sure to clean your teeth and braces effectively at least twice a day. If you have specific questions about the cleaning of your braces and teeth, it is always advisable to get these questions answered by your braces specialist after having the braces fitted. The good news, as your braces specialist will tell you, is that the braces do not require specific cleaning. Instead, as long as you maintain great oral hygiene habits, you should be fine.

The first thing we will tell you, as your braces specialist, is that it is critically important that you brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day, for a minimum of two minutes during the brushing. In addition to this, it is also important that you wash away any sugars and acidic substances that may have come in contact with your teeth after a meal or drink. If you are able, it is best to brush your teeth after having anything excessively sweet, sour, or sticky. If you are not able to brush your teeth after every meal, or even every snack, then we suggest that you find a way to rinse your mouth out thoroughly so as to remove the sugars, acids, and sour from being in contact with your teeth.

Speak with a Braces Specialist

For more tips on avoiding cavities while wearing braces, visit our office to speak with a braces specialist.

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