While braces might be a pain they are beneficial to the health and well-being of your teeth. In order to ensure the best, and quickest, possible outcome for your teeth with braces there are some do’s and don’ts that are crucial. Here are some do’s and don’ts that your dentist in Ft Lauderdale recommends.
While it is always important to keep your teeth clean, when wearing braces, it is even more imperative. Brushing and flossing regularly remove plaque and other build-up that might get caught in the braces themselves. That could lead to the decaying of the teeth or gums.It is also important that when brushing your teeth, you are doing it with a good toothbrush. Make sure you are changing out your toothbrush at least once every three months. After a toothbrush is worn out, it doesn’t clean your teeth properly.Regularly go to both your orthodontic and regular dental appointments. While your dentist can make sure your teeth remain clean and healthy, your orthodontist can monitor your braces to see if any adjustments need to be made. If they do need to be made but you don’t go to the orthodontist, it can cause your treatment to take longer.
Unfortunately, one of the downsides of braces is the restrictions it puts on your diet. Any food that might get stuck in your braces or cause a bracket or wire to break is a big no-no. That includes nuts, popcorn, corn on the cob, gum, and hard or sticky candy. It is also important that, while wearing braces, you wear a protective mouth guard when playing sports.
After getting your braces put on, it is important to take the necessary measures to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Contact us today to learn more about the orthodontic services we offer or to make a reservation.