When you have braces, you eagerly anticipate your beautiful new smile. One part of this process is taking proper care of your teeth. Braces make a daily oral regimen more challenging, but when you see the stunning results, you will be glad you made the effort and got braces for less San Tan Valley AZ.
Tooth and Gum Problems from Braces
Braces can work wonders, but they can also interfere with keeping your mouth clean. The brackets trap food particles, allowing plaque and bacteria to build up if you do not brush regularly. This can result in cavities, discolored teeth and inflamed gums. Over time, this can lead to decalcification and decay. This is why you need to brush your teeth and braces each day and keep them as clean as possible.
The following seven tips will help you stay on track:
• Brush every single day. Plaque can form and start causing problems within 48 hours. Brush your teeth after every meal and before bed. Be sure to get the area in between the wires and your teeth and to brush all other inner, outer and chewing surfaces. If you are unable to brush right away after a meal, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
• Floss your teeth each day. Aside from flossing between the teeth, you must also clean under the archwire of your braces. You can use a tool called a floss threader to make this job easier. It is best to floss after your last meal of the day to remove all trapped particles of food.
• Do not whiten your teeth. The whitening agents in toothpaste and mouthwash will only lighten the uncovered areas of your teeth. This will result in uneven color when your braces are taken off.
• Use a proper toothbrush. Wearing braces is stressful for your teeth, and you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush to reduce tooth wear and damage to your gums. Many orthodontists recommend the Proxabrush for getting in between teeth and cleaning around braces.
• Use a mouth rinse formulated for braces. Peroxyl is a rinse that cleans the mouth and reduces the irritation caused by wearing braces. Your mouth will heal and feel much better. The rinse can be used up to four times each day.
• Apply fluoride to prevent decay. This will make your tooth enamel stronger, kill harmful bacteria and replenish minerals in the enamel that are lost to acid exposure. The fluoride should be applied by toothbrush and left on for 30 minutes. The best time to do this is right before bedtime.
• Do not overbrush your teeth. It may seem strange, but it is possible to brush too hard and too often, making your teeth sensitive and causing your gums to recede. This is why you should not use toothbrushes with medium or hard bristles, especially when you have braces. In addition, do not push too hard on the toothbrush. Technique is more important than force.
If you have questions about caring for your teeth while wearing braces, the professional staff at Robison Orthodontics is always available to help.