By Waters Orthodontics
May 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Do you currently have braces? Here’s how to maintain good oral hygiene.

Getting an orthodontic treatment can provide a wide range of benefits to both children and adults. Getting braces doesn’t just give you a straighter smile, it can make speaking and chewing easier and also protect your smile from wear and tear and possible damage. Our Easley, SC, orthodontist Dr. David Waters offers a variety of ways to straighten teeth, from traditional metal braces to Invisalign. Once you get braces, it’s important to understand how to properly care for your smile throughout your treatment.

Your Oral Care Routine

If you have traditional braces, then you will probably need to spend a little more time brushing and flossing your teeth. You should brush your teeth after every meal or snack. By brushing and rinsing regularly throughout the day you reduce plaque buildup and prevent food from getting trapped in your braces. Here are some other oral care tips to follow with braces,

  • Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste (fluoride can keep tooth enamel strong and may even reverse early signs of decay)
  • You should brush your teeth for several minutes each time you brush. Be gentle, especially around braces. You can still get a thorough clean without using a heavy hand.
  • You absolutely must floss in order to get trapped food and plaque out from between teeth. Once our Easley, SC, orthodontist has placed your braces, our team may recommend using floss threader, which is easier to guide between teeth with braces than traditional floss.
  • Always rinse your mouth out with a fluoride mouthwash. You should also do this throughout the day.
  • Bring a travel-size oral care kit with you to work or school. It’s important that you are brushing your teeth after lunch and snacks. At the very least, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water or an antimicrobial mouthwash and then brush as soon as possible.

Your Diet

What you can and can’t eat will also change once you get braces. After all, there are certain foods that are too sticky, crunchy, and hard for braces, and could damage them. Your orthodontist will provide you with a list of foods such as caramel, corn on the cob, hard breads, and pretzels, which will be off-limits while you wear braces. You will also need to avoid chewing gum, which can stick to brackets and wires.

If you have Invisalign, you won’t have to change your diet but you will need to remove your aligners prior to eating or drinking. It’s important to remove them beforehand, as certain hot foods and drinks could warp or damage your aligners.

While our office is currently closed due to Covid-19, the team at Waters Orthodontics in Easley, SC, is still providing urgent and emergency dental care. If you are dealing with a toothache, bleeding, broken braces, or damaged tooth please call us right away at (864) 855-6360.

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