This is how you should care for your braces

  • Jan 14 , 2017

According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), braces help fix teeth that are crooked, too close together and too far apart, as well as help solve under or overbites. Caring for braces is an important part of the experience: the better you take care, the more comfortable and effective they'll be, and the quicker you'll have them taken off.

Braces have countless tiny spaces to trap food, and this trapped food causes plaque, which can lead to many other dental problems.

Here are some tips for you to take up for your dental health:

  • Brushing and flossing with braces: Taking care of your teeth and gums becomes extra important when you wear braces, and caring for them means taking the time to brush your teeth and floss regularly. You'll want to be gentle when you brush or floss in order to avoid damaging the wires and brackets.
  • Food to skip: Your dentist will give you a list of foods to avoid when you have braces on your teeth. The good rule is to avoid any sticky, chewy or hard foods. Sticky foods, such as caramels or gummy candy, are likely to get stuck. Crunchy foods such as popcorn or hard pretzels can also get lodged in the braces or can cause them to snap when you take a bite. Nail biters or pen-chewers can damage your braces quite easily.
  • Protecting your braces: If you or your child plays a lot of sports, make him or her wear a mouth guard to avoid damage to the braces or teeth during a game or practice.
  • Troubleshooting your braces: If you get hit in the mouth during a game and a tooth cracks, for instance, see a dentist immediately. Be extra careful with broken wires, as you don't want to accidentally breathe in the wire or swallow it.

Having braces on your teeth means you need to be prepared for the fact that taking care of your teeth will be more difficult once you get braces, but the results are always worth it.