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4 Tips to Care for Your Braces

Posted on 3/8/2021 by Beautiful Smiles Office
There are certain practices to adopt and some restrictions to be mindful of when opting for metal braces. Braces are typically used to correct misalignments and improve your smile.

If you don't take proper care of your teeth, you risk damage to your braces as well as serious oral health issues. Here are 4 simple techniques to care for your braces:

Choose the Right Toothpaste, Floss and Mouthwash

Your dentist will guide you about the best toothpaste, mouthwash and floss that you should use while wearing braces. The recommended products will help eradicate bacteria that may result in gum disease cavity, or halitosis. Avoid products containing harsh ingredients that may damage your braces.

Brush Teeth Regularly

You need to be careful with brushing your teeth while wearing braces, as pressure may break a metal wire or dislodge a bracket. Choose a toothbrush with softer bristles to prevent harm. Brush gently in small strokes to get rid of food particles while keeping the braces intact.

Floss Once a Day

Ask your dentist about the recommended type of floss, and use it at least once a day. Use a long part of a flossing thread to reach the teeth towards the back of your mouth. Maneuver the floss between your teeth and under the wires using your fingers. Pay special attention to cleaning food particles from the gums to prevent gingivitis.

Choose Your Diet Carefully

Be mindful of what you eat while you are wearing braces. Eating nutritious food is important for teenagers during their growing age. However, it is crucial to steer clear of certain foods and beverages to protect your metallic braces. Make sure you avoid edibles such as nuts, popcorn, sticky candies, bagels, corn chips, tough meat, and peanut butter.

You are likely to have a hassle-free experience with metal braces and enjoy the results sooner if you comply with all instructions and recommendations. If you are considering getting braces to align your teeth, schedule your dental visit with us at Beautiful Smiles by calling us at Beautiful Smiles.
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