Proper Care for Your Braces
Keeping Your Braces Clean
A lot of people think it’s difficult to keep your braces clean, but this really isn’t the case. As long as you use the right tools to protect your smile every day, you’ll be able to keep your braces hygienic and free of debris.
Check out these helpful tips for maintaining your braces. Before you know it, you could have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
Three Tools for a Healthy Smile
With these three essential tools, you’ll be able to maintain a healthy smile while wearing your braces.
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to brush gently but thoroughly around your brackets and wires.
It’s extremely important to floss between your braces. You can use flossers, but they won’t be able to clean the area behind the archwire that moves your teeth. It’s best to use string floss, threading the floss behind the archwire, and flossing between your teeth as usual.
This interdental cleaner brushes between your brackets, gently removing any leftover food particles.
Your New Braces—What to Expect When Treatment Begins
You may experience some mild discomfort while you’re getting used to your braces. This sensation will go away within three to five days as you become adjusted to wearing them.
You’ll want to avoid certain types of food that can damage your braces or stick to them. This includes hard food, sticky food, and anything that’s difficult to chew.
Dr. Grussmark Will Answer Your Questions
If you have questions or concerns about caring for your braces, Dr. Grussmark will be happy to speak with you. Remember: we’re just a phone call away.
Ready to learn more about straightening your smile with braces? Contact one of our three locations in the Miami area to schedule your free consultation today.
Frequently Asked Questions
To take care of your teeth with braces, remove all the removable parts of your braces such as rubber bands first. Use your toothbrush with toothpaste to brush around your braces. Make sure you brush your actual braces as well as your teeth.
Flossing with braces can be difficult, but that’s why there are special products designed to help. A floss threader or interdental brushes can help you clean between your teeth when you have braces. Rinsing with water and mouthwash can also help.
Make sure you keep up with your regular dental and orthodontist appointments to ensure your braces and teeth are in good condition.
You don’t have to brush your teeth every time you eat, but it’s helpful to remove any debris or food that may be stuck in your braces. Make sure to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth so you don’t harm your teeth.
Brushing your teeth too soon after eating can actually worsen your oral health. Acids on your teeth can weaken your enamel, and brushing it too soon can take the enamel off of your teeth. Your teeth will then be more vulnerable to decay.
Your teeth may be turning yellow due to the buildup of plaque around your braces. It can be more difficult to clean your teeth when you have braces on. But if you take proper care of your teeth while you have braces, you may avoid this common occurrence.
If your teeth became yellow while you had braces, this can be corrected once your braces are removed. A whitening treatment, either in-office or at-home, can help your teeth return to their natural white color.