Braces are essential for aligning your teeth and giving you that winning smile but wearing them also means you have to take extra dental care that will protect your teeth from staining, gum diseases as well as tooth decay. Precautions are not just necessary to protect your teeth; you also need to avoid damaging your braces as replacements can be fairly costly. There are some simple actions that you can do on a daily basis when wearing braces such as avoiding crunchy or hard foods, avoiding chewing gum and not pushing your tongue against your inner teeth. However, there is also a more comprehensive oral health routine that you need to make a habit of when wearing braces.
Eat the Right Foods
Avoid eating too much of those foods that have a high acid content as these have a corrosive effect on your enamel. Replace them with the foods with low acid levels. Some of high acid level foods include soft drinks, citrus, tomatoes and pineapples among others. Eat more low acid foods such as mangoes, carrots, bananas, eggs and meat.
When it comes to food choices when wearing braces, you also need to look at the hardness factor. The hard foods such as nuts are likely to damage your braces system. In case the brace apparatus has been damaged when chewing, contact your orthodontist as soon as possible. Another category of foods that you should avoid when wearing braces are the sticky ones such as gums.
Have a good oral care routine
There are extra oral care routines that you need to incorporate. If you are not already practicing them, when wearing braces flossing and brushing your teeth on a regular basis is important. Here are some useful oral care tips to keep in mind:
- Before you begin brushing your teeth, get rid of the elastics
- The braces should be brushed gently. If there are gaps or nooks in the braces, try to get the bristles of the toothbrush into these. This is why you must also remember to replace your toothbrush more often.
- After brushing your teeth, inspect your braces to ensure there are no remnants of food still stuck in them.
- For more effective brushing, use an electric toothbrush.
- Floss your teeth more often
Put in place
To minimise the rate of decay when you are wearing braces, it is advisable to use toothpaste that has fluoride, which is really most of the toothpaste brands in the market today. The tap water that you drink should also contain fluoride. Another important oral health product that you should consider is mouthwash that is fluoride-rich.
Use an interdental toothbrush
This works best when you have spaces between your teeth. They will go in between the spaces to get rid of food particles and stains on your teeth. It is generally more effective than flossing your teeth.
Practice these simple routines and keep your oral health in the best shape possible.