Taking Care of Your Braces

Braces can sometimes be no fun, but getting straight teeth can make them totally worth it. If your teeth aren’t cared for properly while in braces then your teeth could experience problems now, and down the road. But with just a little extra effort, you can have clean and beautiful teeth even with braces.

Use Floss Threaders

Flossing with a floss threader will allow you to get in between the teeth and above/below the braces wire. Make sure not to skimp on technique once you have threaded the floss through—make the “C” shape on each side of the tooth and use a soft “sawing” motion to get between the teeth really well. Remember that although this requires more effort than usual, doing it once a day will make a huge difference for your clean teeth.

The “Christmas Tree” Brush

After you have brushed with a regular toothbrush then pull out the “Christmas Tree” brush (or Proxabrush). Designed especially for getting in between two brackets, it will be able to get food and bacteria out that a normal toothbrush simply can’t.

Certain Foods

Some foods can be difficult to eat, especially if you have braces. Avoid eating things such as apples and corn on the cob as they can loosen or break off your brackets. Chewy foods (like caramel or taffy) can also be difficult for your braces to manage. You may not be too happy with this sacrifice either, but avoid chewing bubble gum and ice. These foods can harm your braces and cause unnecessary problems. Braces aren’t always fun and can be a pain to take care of sometimes, but they are worth it in the end. And with the proper cleaning techniques will give you the teeth you’ve always desired.

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