Staying Comfortable and Healthy While Wearing Braces
Orthodontic braces improve your dental functions and help you to give you attractive smile. However, proper care for teeth with orthodontic braces is very important for staying comfortable and healthy while wearing braces. Below are some points to remember while caring for teeth with braces.
# It is very important to keep good oral hygiene while wearing braces because food debris and plaque can get accumulated in tiny spaces between braces and wires, causing stains on tooth surface and tooth decay.
# It is best to clean your teeth and braces after every meal with the help of brush. Use floss at least once a day to clean between braces and under wires. Use of special orthodontic brush and floss is more beneficial. You should check your teeth in a mirror for any remain of food particles. If you can’t brush after having any food, at least rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
# Foods like sweets, soda and other food containing sugar and starch can promote tooth decay and gum diseases. These sticky food can stick to braces and difficult to remove. Chewing hard foods such as nuts, candies can break wires and loosen brackets.
# Orthodontic wires are usually tightened at each visit to your orthodontists, which can cause pain and discomfort.
Eating soft food and taking a pain-killer prescribed by your orthodontist can help to alleviate pain.
# Braces can rub against lips and buccal mucosa in the oral cavity. If this uneasy, a special wax can be placed by your orthodontist to keep them from chafing.
Following guidelines provided by your orthodontist, you can stay comfortable and healthy while wearing braces.
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