Caring for Your Braces
It’s important that you know how to properly care for your braces to protect them from damage.
Whether your child has traditional metal braces or you are an adult who has chosen to get Invisalign, it’s important that you not only maintain good oral hygiene during your treatment but that you also know how to treat your braces to make sure that the orthodontic process goes as smoothly as possible. Our Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY dentists, Drs. Frank and Merryl Visintini, are here to provide you with helpful tips for how to care for your braces.
Caring for Traditional Braces
Brushing and flossing
If you have bracket-and-wire braces your goal is to ensure that they don’t get damaged or broken. Once these braces are placed, it’s also important that you spend more time brushing and flossing your teeth and gums, as food is now more likely to get stuck between brackets and wires. To prevent decay from happening you’ll want to make sure you brush and floss after every meal to remove food and plaque that might be lodged in your braces.
While you will want to make sure that you get all nooks and crannies with your toothbrush and floss, it’s also important that you aren’t too aggressive. Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, which will help protect your teeth against cavities. When it comes to flossing, there are different kinds of floss on the market that are designed to work with braces. If you aren’t sure how to effectively floss while wearing braces ask our Bay Ridge, Brooklyn general dentist to show you.
We will provide you with a list of foods that are safe to eat with braces and foods that are not. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from any foods that are too hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy. Foods like taffy, gum, corn on the cob and baguettes are just some of the foods you’ll want to avoid while wearing braces to prevent them from being pulled off.
Caring for Invisalign
This clear, orthodontic tray system is a bit easier to maintain since these custom-made aligners can actually be removed prior to caring for your teeth or before eating anything. This means that you won’t have to worry about what foods you can and can’t eat (everything is fair game) and you can continue to brush and floss normally.
Of course, to prevent stains from ruining your aligners it’s important that you rinse them after meals before putting them back in. You will also want to consider an Invisalign cleaning system to kill bacteria that could cause decay.
Have questions about your braces? Are you interested in getting orthodontics in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY? If so, then it’s time to call Visintin Dental to schedule your consultation with one of our family dentists today.