Once a person gets used to wearing braces, orthodontics doesn’t affect daily life too much. That being said, there are some considerations people should take into account in their daily lives to protect their braces and their teeth. One thing that should be avoided during treatment is chewing gum. This is because gum can easily become stuck behind brackets and wires. Once gum becomes trapped beneath braces, it can be very difficult to remove and in some cases, trying to remove trapped gum can lead to loosening an arch wire or breaking a bracket. Moreover, gum that contains sugar can contribute to tooth decay. If you ever have questions about your treatment, be sure to bring up any concerns with our orthodontist. Our team is to help you make the most out of your investment in orthodontics.
Do braces increase my risk for oral disease?
Orthodontic treatment can increase your risk for oral disease if you do not practice meticulous and thorough oral hygiene. Since brackets and arch wires can obstruct oral hygiene efforts, it is important to take one’s time when brushing and flossing. Moreover, avoiding foods and beverages that contribute to diseases like gingivitis and tooth decay are very important. Two common ingredients that increase the risk for cavities are acid and sugar. Acid weakens teeth by stripping minerals from tooth enamel while sugar serves as a food source for harmful bacteria. Consuming either one (or both) in excess can lead to the formation of cavities. We strongly encourage patients to watch out for acidic foods and drinks – especially citrus and soda along with anything that contains sugar to help reduce the risk for oral disease.
Is flossing even possible when wearing braces?
Flossing helps disrupt the formation of plaque between teeth and the gums. Some patients have difficultly flossing with braces because it does take some skill and patience. Fortunately, with practice, flossing is possible. We recommend that patients take their time to floss and carefully thread floss behind arch wires when cleaning around each tooth. Some folks benefit from investing in interdental cleaners like water irrigators.
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