After getting your braces, it is important to know how to take care of your teeth in order to ensure that your braces stay intact and do their job so that your teeth are in top-notch condition after you complete your orthodontic treatment. Today, our team at Alpine and Rafetto Orthodontics thought we would provide you with five tips you need to know to ensure you undergo successful treatment at our office.
Teeth and appliances should be brushed after every meal and before bedtime using fluoride toothpaste and gentle, soft strokes. We recommend using a soft bristle toothbrush. Brushing on top of and under the brackets is important to make sure to remove food that gets caught under the wire and around your brackets.
Flossing once a day can help you clean areas between teeth and other places a toothbrush can miss. We also recommend using a floss threaded, which can be used to help you navigate safely around your braces and brackets. It is vital to floss to keep gum disease and tooth decay at bay.
This phase of orthodontic treatment requires cooperation and consistency on your part. If your orthodontist has prescribed elastics, make sure they are worn at all times, except when brushing your teeth. It’s important that you wear the correct size elastics and have extras in case they are misplaced. By failing to wear your elastics for even one day, you run the risk your teeth moving back toward their original position.
Eat Friendly Foods
When undergoing treatment, there are certain foods you must avoid. Foods that are hard, sticky, chewy can add months to your treatment time. These include caramels, taco shells, nuts, ice, chips, hard candies, starburst, skittles, tootsie rolls, hard pretzels and hard chips. We allow chewing on sugarless gum.