The Basics of Taking Care of Your Oral Health While Wearing Braces

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Have you seen metal braces before? Braces in North Lauderdale consist of metal wires and brackets. With their intricate design, food particles can easily get trapped in the corners of the brackets and wires–causing plaque to develop. Naturally, tooth decay may follow, attacking your gum tissues and leading to gum inflammation and infection.  

When these problems happen while you’re wearing braces, consequentially, the treatment will be delayed. 

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How Do You Care For Your Oral Health While Wearing Braces?

Keep Your Mouth Clean

You need to step up your cleaning game when you’re wearing braces. It’s important to listen to your orthodontist’s advice and apply them as soon as you leave the office.

Brushing should be done twice a day for two minutes. Not more than two minutes and definitely not less than that. Angle your toothbrush at forty-five degrees–making sure to thoroughly clean around the brackets and wires.  

Be meticulous in your cleaning because if you miss a few spots, bacteria and plaque can wreak havoc. 

Visit Your Orthodontist

Another way of caring for your braces is by visiting your orthodontist regularly.  

How often should you pay your orthodontist a visit? Well, that depends on your case. It’s not the same for everyone. Your orthodontist will tell you when is the appropriate day for you to come back for a visit.  

Aside from regular adjustments, if you experience extreme pain in your mouth that doesn’t subside or if an appliance breaks or bends, call the office to make an appointment. 

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Are You Interested in Braces North Lauderdale?

Braces are a great way to correct tooth misalignment. Not only will it enhance your smile but it will also improve your oral health.  

AT TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we are dedicated 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. 

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