When you get braces, you are doing so to get the perfect healthy smile. It would be detrimental for your smile if you get your braces off only to reveal decayed teeth. For this reason, it is vital that you take extra time and attention to take care of your teeth while you are wearing braces. If you follow these five simple steps you will end up with the smile of your dreams once your braces are removed.
BRUSH EVERY TIME YOU EAT
Yes, you read that right, you need to brush your teeth after every meal. That is because the braces on your teeth act like a blockade for food that gets stuck underneath them. This blocked food can sit under your braces all day, causing decay to your teeth. If you only brush your teeth in the morning and evening that means that food can potentially be sitting on your teeth for over 12 hours. Not to mention what that will do for the smell of your breath.
USE AN INTERDENTAL TOOTHBRUSH
Not only do you need to brush your teeth with a regular toothbrush after every meal, you also need to use an interdental toothbrush. An interdental toothbrush is shaped similar to a tree, and is made specifically for brushing those hard-to-reach places behind and between your braces.
USE MOUTH RINSE
In addition to brushing and flossing, it is also more important than ever that you use a mouth rinse. A mouth rinse is kind of like an insurance policy against any food particles that you may have missed when brushing and flossing. If you are somewhere without mouth rinse, water will work in the interim.
AVOID SUGARY FOODS
It is commonly said that prevention is the best medicine, and this especially relates to your dental care while wearing braces. Sugar is the substance most likely to cause decay in the first place, so the more you can avoid it, the better.
DON’T FORGET TO VISIT YOUR ORTHODONTIST
When you are wearing braces, it is vital that you see your orthodontist every three months. He will not only make sure your braces are fitting you properly, but he will also give you a much needed deep cleaning. Before you know it, your braces will be off, and you will have the smile you always dreamed of.