3 Tips On How To Care For Your Braces

Growing up, you are taught to take care of your teeth and gums by following a healthy oral hygiene routine. For example, you ensure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and use the proper toothpaste for optimal clean and strong teeth.

However, it does not matter how well you take care of your oral hygiene; you can not control how your teeth grow out, mostly your genes do.

However, if you might have crooked teeth, overcrowded, overlapping, or misaligned teeth, don’t blame your parents or their parents. It is just how the cookie crumbled. Luckily, there is something you can do about it if it really bothers you.

The solution, you guessed it, braces!

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Unfortunately, there has been a whole ugly stigma around braces and how it looks. So do yourself a favor and ignore the noise. There are numerous benefits for getting braces. Studies have shown that getting braces will improve your overall appearance by straightening your teeth, giving your mouth and jawline a more natural look, and making your face more symmetrical.

Here are three basic pointers on how to care for your new braces:

Taking the Leap

Do not be afraid, and get the ball rolling! Get your braces done by a professional Orthodontist now rather than later. Remember, the longer you procrastinate the inevitable, the more challenging the process will be later. If you get it now, you’ll go through the whole ordeal, and then the braces will be removed. It is not a lifelong sentence, but a lifetime of broad, beautiful smiles and confidence!

Brushing your teeth

So, taking care of your teeth with braces can be challenging at first, but as time goes on, you will get more used to it, and the whole oral hygiene routine will become second nature.

Do NOT use your old toothbrush! When you have braces on your teeth, you will need a new toothbrush specifically designed for braces. You will most likely get one from your Orthodontist. When brushing your teeth with braces, it is important to brush each tooth individually. Do not apply too much pressure on your tooth as it can cause your teeth and gums to become sore and irritated. Instead, gently brush each tooth in circular movements for about 10 seconds, then move on to the next one. Take your time and ensure that your teeth and braces are correctly cleaned.

Floss at least once a day

Be sure to properly floss your braces to remove any food particles that might be stuck in and between the wires of your braces. It is essential to ask your Orthodontist how you can floss without hurting yourself or damaging your braces.

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Rinse with Mouthwash

It is entirely safe to rinse with mouthwash when you have braces. Actually, it is recommended. When you get braces, especially for the first time, your mouth and teeth will not be used to the changes, metal wires, and brackets yet. Therefore, it is very easy for food particles to get stuck on areas you can’t usually see with the naked eye. Rinsing with mouthwash ensures that those particles are effectively removed and helps to keep your breath from smelling bad and keep your teeth clear from staining or discoloration.

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