When you’re on braces Fort Lauderdale you’ll need to kick your brushing and flossing routine up a notch so that your treatment will go according to plan. Your teeth will need extra care once your braces are installed to protect them from staining and tooth decay. When you experience teeth and gum problems it will affect your timetable and delay the treatment. If you want to achieve a beautiful smile fast, we recommend you do the following while you’re on orthodontic treatment:
Ideally, brushing should be done twice a day but when you’re on braces it is recommended that you brush your teeth after every meal and in between if you’re fond of snacking. This is because food debris can get stuck in your wires and brackets increasing your risk of developing tooth decay. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush your teeth using gentle circular strokes with your toothbrush angled at 45-degrees. And oh, don’t forget to include your gumline.
Brushing and flossing should come hand in hand. When you floss, include your braces especially under the stainless-steel wires. You can use an orthodontic flosser or a floss threader. These are available at local drug stores. We also recommend you use waxed floss since the unwaxed easily tears.
Before wearing braces, you could eat whatever you wanted but now that you’re wearing an orthodontic device your orthodontist will specifically instruct you to watch what you eat. Avoid foods that can increase your risk of developing gum disease and cavities and avoid consuming hard and sticky foods like corn and taffy because these can break your wires and loosen your brackets.
Wearing braces Fort Lauderdale requires commitment. If you have more questions about braces don’t hesitate to ask your orthodontist. At TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we are committed to enhancing the quality of life while restoring self-assurance, rebuilding confident smiles, and encouraging both dental and medical wellness. Call us today for an appointment.