Taking Care of Your Braces
Know What to Do When Caring for Your Braces
It is important to practice good oral hygiene and keep your braces clean. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will help keep your teeth and braces in good shape:
- Brush Your Teeth – It is recommended that everyone practice regular brushing, at least twice a day. People with braces should be extra diligent because of the number of tiny spaces and gaps between wires that may easily trap plaque and food. Brush after meals to ensure that no food remains in your teeth. Some foods react to bacteria in the mouth, causing a bleaching effect that can leave permanent light spots on the surface of teeth.
- Don’t Forget to Floss – It can be tempting to forego flossing, especially since braces can make it difficult to use traditional floss effectively without it splitting, tearing or getting caught on wires. Instead, use a floss threader or special orthodontic floss to keep teeth and gums healthy. Both threaders and orthodontic floss can be found at your local drug store. Your Surrey orthodontist can show you how to use them properly.
- Avoid Certain Foods – Sugary sweets and soft drinks should be avoided, as they can cause cavities, tooth decay and gum diseases. Foods that are very sticky or chewy, such as chewing gum, dried fruits or caramels, should also be avoided since they can get caught in braces and be tough to remove. Hard foods like nuts, popcorn or strips of jerky may also cause issues as they can damage wires and brackets, requiring repairs. Eating hard fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots should also be done with caution. Cutting these foods into smaller, bite-size pieces can help limit the damage done to your braces.
Get Proper Care for Your Braces
Orthodontists in Langley can help you properly care for your braces and receive the orthodontic treatment you need. That bright, confident and happy smile you have always wanted can be yours! Our dental clinic team at Amazing Smile will provide expert care and the right advice to keep you smiling. If you are a new dental patient in Surrey, Cloverdale, Clayton Heights or a surrounding area, come see the difference a healthy smile makes to your overall health and confidence.