Crooked teeth can spoil your appearance; but correcting a malocclusion is much more important than just aesthetics. Crooked teeth provide areas for plaque to grow contributing to dental decay or gum disease. Dental braces can eliminate problems associated with crooked or misshapen teeth; unwanted gaps between teeth; an over bite; or under bite.
Depending on the severity of your malocclusion, your teeth straightening program could take months or years to complete. Caring for your dentition during this time is very important; braces can make daily flossing very tedious, but brushing alone doesn’t provide optimum protection for your teeth.
What you eat and how often can make a difference in caring for your teeth during straightening. Avoid highly acidic foods and beverages; limit soft drinks and carbonated beverages to very special occasions. Always drink water. Many fresh fruits and vegetables can damage the wires if bitten into directly; cut them in small pieces and eat with a fork to reduce the possibility of doing damage to your braces.
Chips, nuts, and pretzels coupled with sticky snacks like caramel and gummy treats should be avoided while wearing braces. The likelihood of damage to your teeth is increased when sugary and acidic treats get caught in your braces and held against teeth’s enamel indefinitely.
Daily oral maintenance might be better achieved if you invest in the best tools for the job. Flossing with a water pick might be easier than using dental floss; an electronic tooth brush may be better than a manual brush for removing food debris around braces and at the gum line. Your orthodontist may recommend using a fluoridated rinse to provide extra protection for your dental enamel during your teeth straightening program.
Watching your diet and daily hygiene program are important to your dental health and overall health whether you are wearing braces or not; however, if you are undergoing teeth straightening, this proves you care about your oral health and appearance. So make sure you adhere to all the instructions given by your orthodontist when braces are placed. Periodic visits with the orthodontist do not take the place of appointments to have teeth cleaned every six months.
Once braces have been removed, a retainer will be provided. This final step in your orthodontic program is essential to maintaining the progress made while wearing braces; follow wearing instructions carefully.
For more tips, contact our caring team at Bunn Orthodontic Group today!