Braces are a long-term orthodontic dentistry treatment, but that must not become an excuse for complacency in maintain dental hygiene. Following a few simple tips can keep teeth and gums in excellent shape even during the braces treatment.
Dr. Rob Strain’s dental office is equipped to provide advanced orthodontic treatments to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities.
Do not Skip Dental Appointments
The patient with braces should maintain regular follow-up visits with the orthodontist as directed. Appointments for dental exams and periodic cleanings should simultaneously be maintained. Cleaning may be performed with or without the removal of wires.
Diligent and timely professional oral monitoring and care will help the patient to protect the teeth from staining, decay and gum disease while they are undergoing the braces treatment.
Brush the Teeth Carefully
While standard oral care requires brushing twice a day, a patient with braces should brush after every meal or snack. No food should be allowed to remain trapped in the braces. A soft-bristled brush can remove the debris from the brackets and wires.
A special orthodontic toothbrush may be used for the purpose. These toothbrushes have V-shaped bristles that are designed to fit around the braces. Brushing should be carried in between the brackets to clean spaces between the teeth and braces wires. It is also important to brush each tooth at the gum line, both above and under the brackets. The gum line should be brushed first, and then the brackets should be cleaned.
Floss Once a Day
The patient with braces should floss at least once a day, while ensuring that flossing is done not just between the braces but also under the wires. A floss threader or an orthodontic flosser may be used to floss more easily under the wires. A waxed floss would be easier to slide between the teeth with less chances of snagging on the braces.
Patients with gaps between the teeth may use an interdental or interproximal toothbrush that goes between the teeth. This may work better than flossing for such patients. An oral irrigator may also be used for hard to reach areas.
Eat with Discretion
While wearing braces, the patient should be more conscious about what they eat. Excessive starchy or sugary foods should be avoided to minimize the risk of plaque buildup around the brackets, which can create teeth staining, cavities or gum disease.
Sticky and chewy food items should be avoided because they can get stuck and be difficult to remove from the braces. Hard foods should be strictly avoided because these can break the wires of the braces or loosen the brackets. Experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Strain receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas for braces and other treatments.
If the wires or braces chafe the inside of the lips, a special wax can be used to prevent this occurrence. Fluoride mouthwash after brushing and flossing can be used to help prevent cavities. The patient may also use mouthguard while playing sports.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.