Braces are designed to support and align your teeth, and by extension they become your responsibility. You have to adhere to rules when it comes to food and hygiene. These may seem strenuous if you’re just starting out with braces, but if you’ve had them for a while, it would have been second-nature by now.
In either case, most people don’t look forward to taking care of their braces because of the knots and tiny holes where food get stuck in and sometimes, the trips to the dental clinic as a result. Worry not, those are now in your past. With these tips, taking care of your braces will become faster and more efficient. When your braces are in good condition, your teeth get the best treatment too!
- Clean the braces
Like all things, to care for your braces means to keep them looking clean and fresh always. Brush along the wires and brackets, while brushing your teeth and try to floss as frequently as you can manage. Cleaning your braces gives you a brighter smile (cleaner braces) and also secures your oral hygiene.
- Set removable parts aside
Prior to cleaning your braces, it is important that you set aside all removable parts for the set to remain complete and effective as expected. These parts may include any elastics or guards that come with your braces set, to facilitate the purpose. Keeping the parts aside while you go about your hygiene routine is important, and should not be taken lightly when it comes to taking care of braces.
- Brush diligently
Do note that, diligently doesn’t mean aggressively. It simply means that while brushing your teeth, try to be as thorough as you can manage. Keep you brush at 45 degrees from your body and brush along your braces, but pay particular attention to the insides of your teeth.
- Examine binds
Speech, eating and other activities involving the mouth may loosen the binds of your brace set, depending on the brand and design. Hence, it is important that you examine the braces from time to time, just to make sure that everything is where it should be. If you notice any concerning changes, consult a professional immediately.
- Dental appointments
Making routine visits to the dental clinic is an important step in taking care of your braces. At a dental appointment, you can ask as much questions as you wish to and get answers to any doubts or concerns you may have about your braces.
Now you don’t have to stress about how to take care of your braces, adopt these tips and let your teeth showcase your diligence!