You have to make sure to take very good care of your teeth when you have braces. This is because while the braces are on your teeth, your teeth are greatly weakened. The glue that holds the brackets to your teeth eats away at your enamel, and the movement of the teeth weakens their roots. Normal dental care is not quite enough to keep your teeth healthy when you have braces. To keep your teeth healthy while you wear braces, you really have to step up your game.
The largest problem posed to your teeth when you have braces is plaque. Plaque forms not only on the surface of your teeth but also where the brackets meet your teeth and between your teeth. Brushing your teeth becomes more than the usual brushing. When you have braces you want to use a brushing method called “stir” brushing, which involves holding the toothbrush at a forty five degree angle and moving it in quick small circles all over the front and back of each tooth. Take extra care to brush the brackets as well. While it can be tricky to maneuver dental floss around the wires of your braces, you still have to do your best to floss your teeth every day. You might want to invest in a water pik to reach into the areas that your toothbrush can’t get, and you will definitely want to use the mouthwash recommended by your orthodontist. It might sound like a long routine, but in time you will get this entire routine down to a few minutes!
Brushing with dental braces
You also want to keep a look out for potential mouth sores. Your cheeks and lips are going to rub up against the wires and brackets of your braces. The mouthwash recommended by your orthodontist will have properties to keep your cheeks and lips healthy as well as treat any sores that are developing. If a sore does erupt, you will want to use the dental wax provided to you to help provide a barrier between the brackets and the sore. You should also keep an eye out for wires sticking out the back of your braces. If you notice anything poky back there, you will want to put some dental wax on it and contact your orthodontist immediately. The orthodontist can clip the long wire so that it won’t cut your cheek.
Mouth Sores Protruding Wires
Lastly, your orthodontist will provide you with a list of foods that aren’t good for people who are wearing braces. Pay attention to this list. There is a reason you need to avoid the food on it. Gum can catch on the brackets and accidentally pull them off. Popcorn can get caught up in between the gums and the roots of your teeth and cause an infection. Certain fruit juices and sodas can weaken the glue holding the brackets on as well as stain the glue.
It might sound like a pain to practice proper care when wearing your braces, but believe it or not, before too long it will feel like an easy routine. In fact, you will fall into such a habit that you won’t remember not following your care routine!