Maintaining Your Braces
Braces are the most popular way to straighten misaligned teeth, but it’s important to care for them properly in order to get the best results. Here are a few things to know about caring for your braces that will help you keep them in top shape.
Cleaning Your Teeth with Braces
Your oral care routine will need some adjustments while you’re wearing braces, but good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent issues like cavities or gum disease while you’re undergoing your orthodontic treatment.
Brushing and flossing your teeth routinely while you’re wearing braces is essential. Your orthodontist, Dr. Kendra Pratt, will also give you a type of braces cleaner that looks like a pipe cleaner. This will help you get the food out of your braces and make it easier to brush your teeth and maintain good oral hygiene.
The foods you eat can have an effect on your braces care. Steer clear of sticky or hard foods that might pull at or damage the brackets. Some foods, like apples, should be chopped into smaller pieces before you eat them, so you don’t have to bite directly into them.
Try to avoid sugary foods that can cause cavities, as well as foods that can stain your teeth around your brackets. It’s a good idea to brush your teeth soon after eating to make sure cavities and other problems don’t develop while you’re wearing braces.
If you play sports or do any kind of physical activity that might damage your braces, it’s a good idea to look into mouthguards for protection. Not only will mouthguards shield your braces from damage, but they’ll also protect your lips and cheeks from being cut or irritated by your brackets.
Dr. Pratt would be happy to answer any questions you might have about how to maintain your braces. For more information, give our office in The Woodlands, TX near Magnolia and Tomball, TX a call at 281-367-0050 today!