At Graziano Orthodontics, our Shore Acres orthodontist and the rest of the staff here want to make sure that you have a thorough understanding of how to take care of your braces, so that you can keep your teeth and mouth healthy throughout the process. Wearing braces means that you need to give your oral hygiene a little extra attention, and we are here to tell you exactly how to do that. If you neglect your oral hygiene, you are putting yourself at risk for many common dental conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath.
It is important to think about why your braces make you more susceptible to these problems. The wires and brackets of your braces make it so that food is easily trapped, and this is how bacteria breeds and multiplies, wreaking havoc on your oral health. Cleaning your braces thoroughly and efficiently everyday will help you to avoid complications. There are special brushes you can purchase at a drugstore that are designed with the purpose of cleaning braces, and they are a good product to consider. Our Shore Acres orthodontist recommends that you do you best to clean under each bracket and between the wires – you do not want to have stains where your braces were once you get them taken off, and it will also help you to eliminate plaque and food debris that has settled in those areas. Once you have braces, you will also need to put a little extra thought into your food choices and eating habits. There are certain foods that you should avoid altogether when you are wearing braces, such as caramel or other gooey, sticky foods, nuts, popcorn, chewing candy, hard candy, and gum. You should also be careful when eating foods like apples and carrots, and should consider cutting them up before eating them. You should also avoid foods that are high in sugar since you are at a higher risk for tooth decay already while wearing braces, and eating sugary foods will only increase that risk.
To learn more about living with braces, we encourage you to visit the Graziano Orthodontics website, or to contact our Shore Acres orthodontist directly. You can reach us by telephone during or regular office hours, or you may also choose to send us a message using the contact form on our website.