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5 Ways to Care for Your Dental Braces

Although dental braces are becoming more advanced and durable in design, you still need to go to certain measures to protect them. There are daily routines that you need to get in the habit of performing in order to avoid damage to the framework. This will include cleaning your braces correctly and eliminating certain foods from your diet. Here we look at the top 5 ways you can care for your dental braces:


Brushing and Flossing Correctly

Brushing and Flossing Correctly

First, rinse with water to loosen any food that may be lodged in your braces. Next, begin brushing at your gumline at a 45-degree angle and then proceed to the top of the brackets, angling downwards to clean the tops. Then reposition to the bottom of the bracket and wire, while angling the toothbrush upwards, slowly.

Be certain to brush every tooth as this will be most effective way to make sure most of your tooth surfaces have been brushed over to clear away any plaque and food debris.


Foods to Avoid

Sometimes with braces, certain foods can get stuck and potentially damage them. Foods that are necessary to avoid are anything sticky, chewy or hard. For example, gum, ice, nuts, popcorn, solid chocolate, pretzels and hard taco shells.

Also, although these foods are allowed, it is advisable to cut them into smaller pieces before eating: fruit and raw vegetables, meat, bread, pizza, corn on the cob and croutons.

Instead, find alternatives that are a lot softer and therefore gentler on your brace’s hardware.


Sports Protection

A lot of people will worry that wearing braces will prevent them from participating in sporting activities. However, it’s totally fine to continue playing sports, as long as you wear protection over your braces.

Mouthguards can be purchased at most retail stores and can be great for a little bit more protection. The guards are boiled in hot water to soften and then, while warm, are placed in your mouth to bite down gently on, so they can mould to the shape of your mouth. Full facial guards are also available for further safety.


Regular Appointments

Regular appointments with your orthodontist are vital if you want your dental braces to continue being effective. You will need to have them frequently adjusted to ensure everything is working smoothly. Appointments will usually take place regularly, depending on your treatment, so be sure to attend as many as you can!


Post-Brace Care

Even after you have had your braces removed, your treatment doesn’t end there. After having your braces taken out you will probably need to wear a retainer and will still need to set aside time for an efficient dental care routine. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, using mouthwash and rinsing your mouth with water after meals and sugary snacks.

You should also make time for regular check up appointments with your dentist to keep everything in check and so you don’t miss opportunities to treat potential issues before they get worse.

Please click here to find out more about caring for your dental braces or call Oldham Orthodontics on 0161 622 0987 to make an appointment.