Cleaning Your Braces and Teeth Properly
Tooth care is a crucial part of orthodontic health. Orthodontics uses braces to align the teeth, straighten them and help reposition them. Braces bring in a beautiful smile andRead More
3 Tips for Going Back to School with Braces
Summer is sadly over, and it is time to get the kids back to school. Summer holidays are the most ideal and convenient time to get your child’s teethRead More
How to Take Care of Your Retainer
Your orthodontic care does not end when the aligners are removed. Retainers are essential to stabilizing your new tooth arrangement. The braces or aligners force the teeth to returnRead More
Are Braces Right for Me?
About three out of four people could benefit from braces, but not everyone opts for this corrective dental intervention. This is unfortunate since the benefits of braces can beRead More
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Cleaning Your Braces and Teeth Properly
Tooth care is a crucial part of orthodontic health. Orthodontics uses braces to align the teeth, straighten them and help reposition them. Braces bring in a beautiful smile and must be taken care of to reduce the risk of cavities, plaque buildup, or gum disease that could interfere with your treatment.
Braces act as a physical barrier when cleaning your teeth. Brackets and wires may trap food debris, creating unsightly white spots and making it harder to clean teeth. Plaque stains teeth and wears away tooth enamel leading to tooth decay. Establishing a strict cleaning routine will be worth your while and easier along the way. Here are a few tips on tooth hygiene and care while wearing metal braces.
Brush After Every Meal
Brackets and wires trap food debris, and brushing them frequently is recommended to prevent plaque formation. Brushing thrice daily, an hour after mealtime and before you retire to bed, is essential. Before brushing, ensure you rinse your mouth for about 30 seconds with water to remove any food debris stuck between your braces. It is also good to thoroughly rinse your toothbrush before adding toothpaste to remove any bacteria or debris that might have been left from your previous brushing.
Always carry a toothbrush and toothpaste when traveling. When you don’t have a brush, its’ good to rinse the mouth for 30 seconds with water. Foods like oranges and sports drinks soften the tooth enamel, so one needs to wait 30 -60 minutes before brushing.
Use The Right Toothbrush
Ensure your toothbrush is the right shape and fit for your mouth so that it can easily reach all the corners of your mouth.
A brush with soft bristles is the best to avoid irritation of the gums. Clean the top of the teeth and between the brackets. Avoid using tough bristles since they may loosen the braces. Interdental or spindle brushes help remove food debris between your teeth and the tiny spaces under wires and brackets.
Brush for two minutes at a 45-degree angle with your bristles facing down on the gum lines, using circular motions. It is advisable to swap to an electric toothbrush. Hold your electric toothbrush on each tooth toward the gums, and do not use scrubbing motions; just allow the brush to do its work.
Brush all sides of the mouth, inner and outer sides, go on for two minutes, and do not forget to brush above and below your braces and on your chewing surfaces.
Keep replacing the toothbrush once it shows signs of wear. A worn-out toothbrush might not be able to remove food debris, bacteria, and plaque efficiently. Frayed toothbrushes should be replaced every three months.
Rinse your mouth with water after every meal to remove any food particles stuck in the braces. If you don’t have time to brush after any bite, rinse the mouth for 30 seconds with water to remove food debris.
Avoid Too Much Toothpaste
Use the right toothpaste, like one with fluoride, to keep your teeth strong and prevent plaque accumulation. Since braces make teeth sensitive, use sensitivity-formulated fluoride toothpaste. Too much toothpaste forms paste in the mouth, preventing you from seeing the plaque and debris. First, use a wet toothbrush, then add a small amount of toothpaste (pea size).
Use A Floss Threader or a Waterpik
Tie dental floss to a threader as an easier way to glide through the wires and brackets using slow motion to eliminate plaque and food debris.
Waterpik is a device that shoots a jet or stream of water at your teeth to remove food particles between your teeth. It helps remove food debris and might help reduce bleeding gums, bacteria, and gum disease. It is an easy, quick way to floss. These special tools may help clean the food particles around the brackets and the wires, but they should not replace flossing or brushing.
Use Mouthwash at Night
Reduce tooth decay and protect the enamel by using an anti-cavity fluoride mouthwash. Rinse for one minute, then look in the mirror to see if some places have been left uncleaned. You can also use mouthwash four times a day to help prevent inflammation of the gums and tooth decay and to get rid of bad breath.
Use a mouthwash with chlorhexidine (recommended by dentists) and avoid those containing alcohol since it dries out the mouth and can cause bad breath. Mouthwash should not be substituted for flossing or brushing.
Avoid Certain Foods
Sugary treats like candies and acidic foods like vinegar and citrus fruits damage the teeth. Sticky foods like gum, nuts, popcorn, ice, corn chips, gummy bears, licorice, and caramel are not easy to clean. They can lead to cavities which cause pain and increase sensitivity. Beef jerky, pizza crusts, corn on the cob, apples, and carrots can bend wires or damage your braces.
Since they could damage your brackets, you should also avoid biting or chewing hard objects such as toothpicks, nail-biting, straws, pencils or pens.
Brush Your Tongue
Brushing your tongue is essential because it can keep bacteria and cause bad breath. It is important to remove bacteria before they hide in between the metals, wires, and teeth. Brush your tongue and soft palate using gentle back-and-forth scrubbing motions.
Gargle with salted water to reduce inflammation, keep your teeth clean and reduce pain and soreness. Salted water can help keep your mouth healthy, especially after your braces are first applied.
In cases where you might forget toothpaste, coconut oil is a good alternative. It has a bacteria-fighting element and also fights tooth decay. Baking soda can also be used by mixing with water to make a paste that helps to clean the teeth.
Attend Dental and Orthopedic Appointments Regularly
Your orthodontist will check on your progress, change elastics and adjust wires, check your teeth and whether anything needs to be done, and you will also have a chance to ask questions. Visit your orthodontist as often as they suggest.
Your dentist will clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to cavities and keep the teeth free of stains when the braces are finally removed. Visit your dentist at least after every six months.
Keeping your teeth and braces clean and healthy is crucial because it enables you to reap the best results of your orthodontic treatment. Maintaining oral health can keep your teeth healthy and bright after being removed. For more information please contact Bracify 3D Orthodontics.
3 Tips for Going Back to School with Braces
Summer is sadly over, and it is time to get the kids back to school. Summer holidays are the most ideal and convenient time to get your child’s teeth straightened out. The beginning of a new school year can be both exciting and nerve-wracking for students, parents, and teachers. This can be even more overwhelming if you return to school with new braces.
The transition may make you nervous, stressed, and uncomfortable with your new look when talking or eating. Remember, you are not alone whenever you feel conscious about the new braces. If you feel awkward or embarrassed about them, remember that the treatment is just temporary, and when it is done, you will enjoy a straight and beautiful smile for the rest of your life. As time passes, you will get the hang of the new braces. With the help of a few tips, the recent changes to your teeth will seem easy and seamless.
1. Practice The 2×2 Rule and Carry a Brace Kit
The 2×2 rule is a great way to maintain healthy teeth free of cavities and other dental problems by brushing twice daily for two minutes.
It would help if you brushed your teeth before your first meal and then rinse after the first meal. Being consistent with your dental hygiene practices helps straighten your teeth faster and improve your overall dental health. It is essential to brush your teeth after every meal at school. If you feel awkward about brushing your teeth, you can swish with a cleansing mouthwash that your orthodontist can recommend.
Keep a brace kit in your locker or backpack to help take care of your braces easily in school whenever required. The kit should include the following items:
- A soft-bristled toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to use after having your lunch.
- Dental wax and lip balm help soothe irritation caused by braces
- A mirror to check for any food particles that might be stuck between the braces
- Extra rubber bands (if elastics are being used in their treatment)
- A case for removable appliances
2. Hydrate and Avoid Sticky, Crunchy Foods
Water keeps you healthy, hydrated and helps remove food particles from your braces and teeth throughout the day. When thirsty, avoid the temptation of reaching out for a soda that can cause cavities and stain your teeth by taking plenty of water.
Stay clear from sticky, crunchy, raw foods like apples, chips, carrots, or nuts. Additionally, do not chew gum, caramel taffy, and ice. These foods may damage or break your braces which may prolong your treatment. Ask your orthodontic team which foods you can comfortably eat. You can preview the school menu so that you know which days to avoid the foods that are not brace-friendly. If possible, carry a meal from home instead.
3. Wear A Customized Mouth Guard
If you are active in contact sports, wearing a mouth guard is a good idea. This helps protect your brackets and wires from damage and keeps you safe from any mouth, cheek, or gum injuries during P.E, practice, and games.
These back-to-school tips can help keep your braces in tip-top shape and speed up your treatment. Keeping up with your orthodontist appointments when fitted with braces is very important. This allows your orthodontist to check the condition of your teeth and braces while making any necessary changes or adjustments to your treatment. You can ask your parent or guardian to pre-book your appointments so that you stay on top of your appointments and avoid last-minute inconveniences. For more information contact Bracify 3D Orthodontics.
How to Take Care of Your Retainer
Your orthodontic care does not end when the aligners are removed. Retainers are essential to stabilizing your new tooth arrangement. The braces or aligners force the teeth to return to the mouth, which involves the absorption of bones at the back of the oral cavity. To maintain your new look, you must use the retainers for a period that has been determined by Bracify 3D Orthodontics. In many cases, patients must use these products for the rest of their lives. Depending on certain factors, the period can even be as short as three months. Retainers are used only intermittently, usually three to five times a week, for those who use them throughout their lives. The care of the retainers is essential to keeping your teeth in their new condition. The care of the retainers can be carried out as follows:
Clean Your Retainer Regularly
Treat your retainers as your own teeth! Carefully scrub your retainer with a toothbrush and water after each use. Avoid brushing the retainer with toothpaste, as the toothpaste might be abrasive and cause scratches that will make it difficult to clean the keep your retainer clean.
Wear Your Retainer Often
Use your retainer as often as recommended by your orthodontist. It’s best that you keep your retainer upright, so your smile stays perfect. Remember, retainers only work if you use them!
Avoid Heat On Your Retainer
Your retainer will only work if it fits properly! Your doctor will prepare it with the perfect support for your mouth, but it’s up to you to make sure it stays that way. Avoid leaving your retainer in a hot environment, such as a windowsill or a hot car. It will melt or wrap. Never put it in boiling water; you may think that boiling it is a great way to make it as clean as possible, but the heat will ruin it.
Keep Your Retainer Away From Pets
Yes, you love your furry best friend, but they have a special ability to snack on retainers. Keep your retainer safe and away from pets at all times.
Avoid Putting Napkins On Your Retainer
If you wrap your retainer in a napkin during meals, it may be easy for your waiter or you to throw it in the trash accidentally. To avoid getting into the bin, keep your retainer in its storage box!
Soak Your Retainer
To add extra cleaning to your retainer, try soaking it.You can buy retainer cleaner, which comes in tablet form, or you can make your own cleaning solution by mixing 1 part of sodium hypochlorite with ten parts of water. Soak for 5-10 minutes, and your retainer will be perfectly clean.
Replace Your Retainer When Needed
Even a well-made retainer eventually wears out. If you find that your retainer is deteriorating or behaving differently, contact your doctor. Replacing your retainer when due is an important part of maintaining your smile.
Carefully Put On And Take Off Your Retainer
When you put on your stand, make sure it is always on. There should be no gap between the teeth and the support. When removing it, do not twist it with your tongue or pull it to one side. Otherwise, the retainer may get damaged. Loosen your retainer in several places when you remove it and then ease it off. Do not forget to store it in its storage box!
Brush Your Teeth Before And After Wearing Your Retainer
Before and after putting on your retainer, brush your teeth. If you put your support on dirty teeth, your support will get dirty much faster, and it is not good for your teeth
Keep Your Retainer One Spot
It sounds obvious, but do not lose your retainer! Always keep it in the bag when not in use and keep it out of reach of dogs or children. If you lose it, make sure you replace it.
We cannot stress this point, use your support! Your teeth can change throughout your life. Even if you think your teeth are straight and will stay that way, it is essential that you continue to use your retainer! Taking care of your retainer will help to make your teeth look good and make the most of your investment, and do not forget to show off your big smile. For any retainer questions that you might have contact Bracify 3D Orthodontics.
Are Braces Right for Me?
About three out of four people could benefit from braces, but not everyone opts for this corrective dental intervention. This is unfortunate since the benefits of braces can be dramatic and last a lifetime.
Every person’s mouth and every set of teeth are different. So it stands to reason that sometimes, a person’s teeth don’t come in right, or just don’t fit along the gum line neatly. In fact, it’s quite common for patients of all ages to come to (insert Dr’s name) for braces, in order to align their teeth properly, beautify their smiles, and to create proper alignment. However, beyond a perfect smile, braces provide numerous other benefits.
Reasons to Get Braces
Braces Can Prevent Tooth Decay
Misaligned teeth are a bit like misaligned tires. They can wear down more quickly with normal use. When teeth are not aligned properly, upper and lower teeth can rub together in ways that wear down the tooth enamel quickly. When optimal tooth alignment is achieved, the teeth will last longer and tooth decay will be a much less prevalent problem.
Braces Can Help To Prevent Heart Disease
When malocclusions (misaligned teeth) are not remedied- as we pointed out- the teeth will sustain undue damage which can be avoided and lead to degraded oral health. One of the most life-threatening problems that can arise from poor oral health is heart disease. Heart disease can be caused when excess plaque on the teeth and gums finds its way into sores in the mouth that result from an unhealthy dentition. When this happens, plaque can find its way into the bloodstream where it can contribute to the clogging of the arteries.
Braces Can Avoid Health Complications
Heart disease is not the only health problem that can stem from malocclusions. Overbite, underbite, and other misalignments of the teeth can cause a whole range of problems with mild to severe consequences. Headaches, earaches, difficulty or discomfort while chewing and biting, speech impediments, and even painful disorders of the jaw can result. When these problems are caused by malocclusion, braces can almost always remedy them.
Better Confidence and Self Esteem With Braces
Of course, straighter teeth make a more beautiful and healthy smile- and that’s something that can improve our private and professional lives in many ways.
Types of Low-Visibility Braces
Many people avoid getting braces because they feel it will negatively affect their appearance. But there are low visibility options available, among others.
Invisible braces are clear and very hard to spot if you aren’t looking for them. They are transparent aligners that straighten the teeth just like normal braces.
This type of braces are very similar to traditional braces, but they are mounted on the backside of the teeth. They are completely hidden.
Like invisible and ordinary braces, ceramic braces are mounted on the front of the teeth. The difference is that they are the same color as tooth enamel and are harder to see.
With all these reasons and all these options- it just doesn’t make sense to avoid what could be a life-changing procedure. If you are interested in transforming your smile and improving your teeth’s alignment, contact Bracify 3D Orthodontics today!