3 Simple Ways to Take Care of Your Teeth While Wearing Braces

15 Dec 2014  |  No Comments

Many adults in Sydney, and everywhere in Australia, are opting for what were once thought to be only for children with crooked teeth. Wearing braces, as recommended by a dentist, is not just for vanity purposes. It can also improve bite alignment and oral function.

Wearing braces

If you have finally decided to get orthodontic treatment, here are some things you need to do to take care of your teeth:

1.     Don’t eat food that will cause damage to brackets or bands

Avoid food that can cause dental cavities and have high levels of acid and sugar. Here’s a list of food and drinks to avoid during treatment:

  • Carbonated drinks
  • Coffee and fruit juices
  • Hard fruits
  • Hard, raw vegetables
  • Hard and sticky candies like caramels and gummies
  • Hard-crusted bread like bagels

But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat your favourite fruits and vegetables. You can still eat a lot of delicious and nutritious food. You only have to be selective of what you eat or make the necessary preparations before munching on them. Instead of biting into an apple, for example, cut them into bite-size pieces. Also steam your veggies until tender and cut them into small pieces. When it comes to candies, make sure they’re the type that melts easily in your mouth.

2.    Brush and floss regularly

Because food can get stuck in brackets, it’s essential to pay more attention to your teeth now. Orthodontists recommend brushing your teeth after each meal and flossing at least once a day. If it’s not possible to brush immediately after a meal, at least make sure to swish water through your teeth to get rid of those stuck particles.

While undergoing orthodontic treatment, you also have to make sure not to use any type of teeth whitening products like whitening toothpastes. You’ll end up with two-tone teeth if you do so. You can ask your dentist about teeth whitening solutions after the orthodontic treatment.

3.    See your dentist as advised

To optimise orthodontic treatment, it’s important to see a dentist regularly. Usually, you will be advised to visit your dentist every four to six weeks to get your braces tightened. Make sure to keep your appointments. Delaying these could mean wearing your braces longer.

When you have been suffering for a long time with teeth crowding or misaligned bite, you’ll eventually find out that the years under orthodontic treatment is well worth it. Many people, both adults and children, have been given beautiful smiles and have experienced the improvement of their teeth through this type of oral care. Risks and consequences may apply to any treatment. Always seek a second opinion when considering complex treatment. A referral to a specialist may be required in certain situations.

It’s time to show everyone how attractive your smile can be. Get in touch with us today and relate to us how we can help you. Whether you need orthodontic treatment, root canal therapy or a simple tooth extraction, you’re in good hands at Marsfield Dental Care.

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