Orthodontic treatment is one of the best ways to improve dental health for many patients. However, orthodontics actually raises the risks of tooth decay and gum disease while they are being worn. With this in mind, here are some tips for keeping these risks at minimum while you wear braces.
Brush and Floss Frequently
All patients should brush and floss on a daily basis, but orthodontic patients should brush even more frequently. Ideally, you should brush after every meal throughout orthodontic treatment. This is true even if you use Invisalign, as the aligners could otherwise trap plaque against the teeth.
Use the Right Tools
A soft-bristled toothbrush is best for orthodontic patients because it carries the lowest risk of damaging brackets. If you find flossing too difficult or time consuming with wires in the way, you may benefit from getting floss threaders. Our dentist can help you locate these tools.
Avoid Excessive Sugar
A major reason that dental risks rise during orthodontic treatment is that the brackets collect food particles. Because sugar tends to stick around the most, it should be eaten infrequently. If you do eat or drink sugary items, rinse immediately afterwards to reduce the amount that remains.
With fewer oral health issues, you may avoid needing dental treatments. Besides supporting this benefit, good oral hygiene can help deliver you to the end of orthodontic treatment with a smile that looks as good as it feels. You can contact our dentist to learn more about oral health protection during bite correction.
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