As your gentle dentists serving the Glendale, Burbank, and Los Angeles areas, we understand that getting braces is a significant step towards achieving a beautiful and healthy smile. However, it’s essential to take proper care of your teeth and braces throughout the orthodontic treatment journey.
Brushing becomes even more crucial when you have braces. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Gently brush at a 45-degree angle to clean the braces, teeth, and gum line. Take your time to ensure no food particles or plaque are left behind. Brush after each meal or snack to maintain optimal oral health.
Flossing with braces can be a bit challenging but is equally important. Use a floss threader or orthodontic floss to clean between the wires and braces. This helps to prevent plaque buildup and reduces the risk of gum disease.
As your trusted gentle dentists, we recommend scheduling regular dental check-ups while you have braces. These visits will allow us to monitor your oral health, provide professional cleanings, and make any necessary adjustments to your braces.
While wearing braces, it’s best to avoid sticky, hard, and chewy foods. These can damage the wires and brackets, leading to prolonged treatment time. Opt for softer foods and cut fruits and vegetables into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
Mouthwash for Extra Protection
Using an antimicrobial mouthwash can help kill bacteria and reduce the risk of gum inflammation and infections. Swishing with mouthwash after brushing and flossing can complement your oral hygiene routine.
If you experience any irritation or soreness from the braces, orthodontic wax can be applied to the problematic area for relief. Our team at Pacific Dental Care can provide you with the right instructions for its use.
Protect Your Braces during Physical Activities
If you participate in sports or other physical activities, it’s essential to protect your braces from potential damage. Mouthguards specifically designed for braces can be worn to safeguard your teeth and braces during these activities.
Remember, proper oral care during your braces journey will contribute to achieving the smile you’ve always wanted. At Pacific Dental Care, we’re here to support you every step of the way!