We all mostly know the two most important routines our dentists tell us to do: brush and floss daily. But what do we do when we have braces? Sometimes flossing can be harder with braces and reaching in between the brackets can take a long time. While it may be more difficult, it is still important to do. Brushing and flossing along with some other important steps can protect your teeth throughout the time you have your braces.
Here are some simple care rules to follow with braces:
- Brush your teeth after every meal. This even includes snacks. It may seem like a lot of work but your teeth and braces will thank you later!
- Floss at least once daily. Often times it is hard to reach, however, products have now been created that help with flossing with braces. For example, you may use a floss threader.
- Mouthwash will also be good to use to care for your braces. It will help reach spots you may have missed and can also help prevent plaque buildup.
- Continue with your regular dentist and orthodontic visits. While you have braces you will have your scheduled orthodontic appointments. However, you will still need to attend your general checkups at the dentist for cavities and plaque buildup.
While caring for your braces can sometimes seem tedious, it is important to care for them regularly and properly. It can also be helpful to look into products that were created to work with braces. Products like these will help work around your wires and were created with knowing the difficulty of having braces. Taking good care of your teeth and braces will help prevent any complications, such as cavities or gum disease. Your braces are there to help you get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted so it is best to take great care of your teeth!