Maintaining Oral Health While Wearing Braces

Caring for Braces

There can be little doubt that undergoing orthodontic treatment is a process in which short-term inconvenience can pay long-term dividends. If you are currently wearing braces or are contemplating getting braces for kids, you are surely looking forward to a beautiful outcome in the form of a stunning smile. In the meantime, good dental care must remain at the top of your priority list.

Wearing affordable braces really does require you to spend a bit more time and effort on your dental care regimen that you may have in the past. The wires and brackets that comprise your new braces are veritable magnets for food debris and plaque that can lead to bacteria, bad breath, and tooth decay. Thus, it is necessary to perform thorough brushing and flossing routines every day, pay attention to your dietary choices, and schedule regular office visits with your team of family orthodontics professionals.

While you have braces, you should do everything possible to limit your consumption of acidic foods and beverages that have the ability to damage your tooth enamel. Though certain foods that are high in acid may be otherwise nutritious, they are not the best choices while you are still undergoing orthodontic treatment. Instead of snacking on apples, oranges, or peaches, go for melon or bananas instead. Rather than reaching for a glass of fruit juice, quench your thirst with some milk or water. Starchier foods such as potatoes have a propensity to stick to the teeth for long periods during which bacteria can develop and should also be limited while wearing braces.

Aside from the chemical makeup of foods, you should also be mindful of texture and hardness when choosing what to eat. Nuts, hard breads, and raw carrots can cause real damage to your braces, and sticky items including caramel and fruit leathers should be avoided as well. If your braces do become damaged, repairs will be necessary, and they can cause serious inconvenience, expense, and delays in the completion of your treatment.

Home dental care is an essential part of maintaining a high standard of oral health while wearing braces. Brushing and flossing of the teeth, as well as each component of your braces is vital. Specialized brushes and other tools are available to make the process easier.

Adhering to rigorous dental care habits, taking care to prevent damage to the orthodontics, and making regular visits to your orthodontist for necessary adjustments all combine to ensure that you get the results you desire from your treatment. As long as these guidelines are followed, getting braces for kids can actually be a very positive experience.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Atlanta, call Dental One Associates of Georgia today at (855) 979-3350 or make an appointment.

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