Taking Care of Your Braces
Braces can be a great thing. When you get braces, you know that in due time, you’ll have a beautiful smile and the confidence you have been looking for. Whether they are traditional metal braces or invisible ones like Invisalign or clear braces, taking care of your braces is extremely important in keeping your mouth healthy and allowing the braces to do their job.
There are things that you can do everyday to ensure your dental health stays in good shape. If you ever have an issue with your braces, it is so important that you come to your orthodontist’s office to make sure you are taken care of.
The Obvious: Brush, Floss, and Rinse
When taking care of your braces, you can’t forget about the basics. Daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash is essential daily dental care regardless if you have braces or not. Hygiene is the key to dental health. Having metal braces can make flossing difficult but you need to get the food out from between your teeth to avoid cavities or gum disease.
Things to Avoid When Taking Care of Your Braces
Everyone who gets braces receives the list of foods they cannot have. While it is tempting to throw it out and continue like normal, you can’t. Hard foods, sticky foods, or extra sweet foods are all to be avoided if you want to keep your dental health in good shape. Study that list your orthodontist gave you, make sure you follow it, or you run the risk of causing issues and setbacks in your treatment.
When Taking Care of Your Braces Goes Wrong
Mistakes happen. They’re quite normal when undergoing orthodontic treatment. You may not even think twice about biting into an apple, but then a wire snaps or a bracket breaks off. It’s okay. Your first step should be to seek the professional care of your orthodontist. If you need help with an issue with your braces, please contact our dedicated Buffalo orthodontists at one of our five convenient locations throughout Western New York.
Orthodontists Associates of Western New York is proud to offer braces throughout Buffalo, Lancaster, Olean, Hamburg, Orchard Park, and Dunkirk, New York. If you have questions about taking care of your braces or are considering orthodontic care for yourself or a loved one, please contact one of our 5 convenient orthodontic offices to arrange a free consultation.
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