Maintaining Oral Hygiene While Wearing Braces
Orthodontic treatment with dental braces requires routine visits with our dentist so that you can have your braces adjusted. Regular adjustments of the wires straighten your teeth and align your bite over the course of treatment. However, you can also play a major role in your treatment process. How you manage your teeth at home in between orthodontic visits can make a big difference when it comes to a positive outcome.
The brackets and wires of braces offer plenty of surfaces that make it easy for plaque and bacteria to hide. Brushing after each meal and snack helps keep plaque at bay, which in turn keeps your teeth healthier. Take the time to brush each surface of each tooth thoroughly for the best results.
Flossing is always important, but it is even more critical when you are undergoing treatment with braces because it helps you clean even more hard-to-reach areas. Because the wires will make it difficult to floss along the gumline, you may need to use a tool called a floss threader, which can thread the floss through the teeth above the braces.
- Eating and drinking
A healthy diet helps support good dental health, but you may need to avoid some foods while you are wearing braces. Our dentist in Northridge may recommend that you avoid popcorn and gum, which can damage your braces, or certain other foods and beverages.
Contact us today to learn more about treatment with braces or to schedule your consultation.
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