October 25, 2018
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What Do I Need to Take Care of My Braces?
- Maintaining your braces and keeping your teeth clean is the best thing you can do for the health of your teeth and gum. It will prevent your gums from enlarging (gingivitis), as well as the development of unsightly white spots on your teeth and cavities.
- When your braces were placed on your teeth, the orthodontist most likely:
- Showed you how to brush, floss, and what to eat;
- Gave you a list with the types of foods to avoid;
- Demonstrated how to use wax to protect your cheeks and lips;
- Suggested the use of over the counter pain medication if you decide this is necessary to deal with your temporary discomfort.
- It is pretty easy to keep your mouth clean when you are at home, but what to do when you are at school, or on a trip with friends? Consider making a “travel kit” that you can take with you (e.g. in your back pack). This “travel kit” should contain at least:
- A travel toothbrush;
- Dental floss (The best and easiest to use is Superfloss, made by ORAL B);
- A water bottle filled with tap water (The water will help remove food particles, sugar and acid);
- Wax, just in case you need to protect your cheeks and lips; and
- If you are being treated with aligners, the clear trays you change as per your orthodontist instructions.
- If you are being treated with clear aligners:
- Make sure you always have your case with you;
- Place your aligners in the case when you take them off to eat, or for any other reason (i.e helps prevent losing the aligners);
- Change your clear trays as per your orthodontist instructions; and
- If you forget to brush, make sure to rinse your mouth after eating before you place your aligner back in your mouth (and of course, rinse your aligners).
- If you have completed your treatment, and now are wearing retainers:
- Make sure you have your case with you all the time;
- Place your retainers in the case when you take them off to eat, or for any other reason (i.e helps you prevent losing your retainers); and
- After eating make sure to rinse your mouth and retainers.