Learning how to take care of braces is no easy task, especially for kids. However, knowing how to properly clean your braces will result in a quicker and smoother orthodontic process. Whether you’re an adult or a kid, following these tips will ensure you get the most out of your orthodontic treatment.
Eat the right foods
When you get braces, you have to be careful about what you eat, as certain foods can cause brackets to break off. This is a massive inconvenience because you have to go back to the orthodontist to put the bracket back on. So avoid eating anything chewy such as sticky candy or gum. You should also avoid hard foods with seeds like popcorn. Even corn on the cob should be avoided as the teeth end up rubbing on the food.
Cleaning your teeth is essential to a smooth orthodontic process. Flossing is a little more tricky when you have metal in your mouth, but it is more important now than ever to floss regularly. This is because food can get stuck between brackets and caught under the wires more easily. Ask your orthodontist about how to floss with braces.
Brush twice a day
When you brush your teeth, you clean away all the bacteria, food, and plaque build-up on your teeth. It is crucial that you do this in the morning and before bed so that these germs don’t sit on your teeth for too long. Carelessness about brushing regularly can result in stained teeth from buildup.
Are you interested in learning more about traditional metal braces? Grafton Orthodontics would love to meet with you to discuss your orthodontic options and get you started on the road to straight teeth. To set up an appointment, call 262.377.8950 today!