If you want braces, you have decided to invest in the future of your smile. Although they come with some temporary life adjustments, they are serving an important purpose. It is very important to take proper care of your braces while you are wearing them. The better you take care of your brackets and wires, the more effective they will be. You may also have a more comfortable experience and not have to wear them as long, depending on the situation.
Brushing and Flossing
It is still very important to brush and floss your teeth regularly when you have braces. You will need to be extra careful so you do not damage the brackets or wires. Be sure to choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. Pick a toothpaste that has fluoride. It is important to brush your teeth after every meal. As for flossing, special care will need to be taken.
Certain foods should be avoided when you have braces. They are usually foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. A food that is particularly sticky, such as caramel, can get stuck. The danger with hard and crunchy foods is they can get stuck in the braces, but they can even snap them in certain cases as well. Popcorn is a food you will likely want to avoid. Many types of candy will need to be skipped over during this time as well.
Although not food, people who chew on certain things when stressed or bored need to be cautious. Nail biters should try to break the habit. You will also want to avoid chewing on pens, ice, or anything else hard that could damage your braces.
If you would like to learn more about taking care of your braces, the professionals at Central Texas Orthodontics would be more than happy to discuss all of the details with you. We are conveniently located in Austin, TX. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!