When it comes to maintaining that dream-like smile, it takes more than simply brushing or simply visiting your dentist. To address everything from misalignments and tooth decay to gum disease and more, it takes a diligent oral hygiene regimen at home as well as regular visits to your dentist. Naturally, the same can be said for those looking to get the most out of their braces treatment.
With the number of both adults and children needing orthodontic care, knowing how to properly care for braces should you ever need them is absolutely essential. Fortunately, iSmile Dental Centre – Brampton dentist team is experienced to say the least when it comes to orthodontic care and maintenance! Read on for a few tips anyone considering braces should keep in mind in order to truly make strides in repairing their misaligned smile.
Cut the Sweets
You can never hear it enough. Sweets and desserts may be a very welcome indulgence from time to time but, indulge too frequently and you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of a few cavities. We only mention sweets again here because those with braces are especially at risk for decaying their teeth. With braces, Invisalign aligners in brampton, and retainers alike, patients are likely to have left over pieces of food remain unchecked in their mouth if their brushing regimen isn’t taken seriously. Couple that with sugar’s ability to quickly break down your teeth and you have a ticking time bomb for some complications if those once-in-a-while indulgences become too frequent.
Gummy products are also notorious for damaging brace wiring and brackets as they can take more strength to bite into and can also lodge themselves in your teeth. While cutting these foods completely isn’t necessary by any means, knowing when to limit your intake will be essential in maintaining your smile and lowering the number of complications while you wait for your braces to be taken off.
Make Time for Brushing
Again, this is an old adage but one that holds especially true for those with braces. As we mentioned above, food is more likely to stick in the unseen crevices of your brackets and so staying vigilant in your brushing is essential. In fact, we’d recommend brushing after every meal instead of only twice a day to ensure you clear out all unwanted debris. Those interested in really taking their oral hygiene one step further can also invest in an oral irrigation tool like a water pick to cut through the plaque and debris regular brushing and flossing can miss.
Speak With Your Dentist
Braces can mean newly aligned teeth but they can also mean seeing a whole lot more of your Brampton dentist. From cleanings and consultations to brace adjustments and more, you’ll be stopping by for appointments more than ever before. Naturally, that means maintaining an open dialogue with your dentist is an absolute must. If you haven’t found your go-to dentist yet, find one you feel comfortable with and encourages you to ask questions. You’d be surprised just how much simpler orthodontic treatment can be when you have a strong relationship with your oral care professional!
No matter the state of your teeth, there are treatments and services that can help you create that smile you’ve always dreamed of. Of course, even braces and aligners take their fair share of work to create results. Keep these considerations in mind and take a strong first step towards better oral health.