DO YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE, HAVE BRACES? Underneath the metal, teeth are inching closer each day toward an absolutely beautiful smile! Wouldn’t it be a shame if, once those braces came off, the reveal showed cavities that had been hiding? That would be awful!
All that gadgetry in your mouth—from the springs and wires to the rubber bands—can attract food and plaque. Dr. Brei reminds us, “It’s important to brush, floss, and/or use mouthwash as your orthodontist recommends. Plaque left on your teeth and around your braces can cause your gums to swell, your teeth to become discolored, chronic stinky breath and even some cavities.”
Cleaning Your Braces Correctly Is A Chore, But Worth It
Over five million people in North America wear braces. If you, or your child, are one of them, be sure to take the time to pay attention to the details. While it requires spending a little more effort each day… In the long run it will be worth it.
The purpose of this post today isn’t to go over all the details of caring for teeth with braces. We just want to give some reminders about cleaning them. Your orthodontist has likely already told you lots of do’s and don’ts, but here are a few food reminders… Things like taffy, caramels and hard nuts should probably just be avoided all together. It’s also a good idea to stay away from chewing ice or bubble gum—and be extra careful with things that are hard to bite like bagels and apples.
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