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5 Tips For Protecting Your Braces and Teeth


The Value of Braces

Braces are a fantastic, reliable way to straighten your teeth. However, braces come with their own set of rules and special care tips everyone should follow. Being mindful of your braces will not only help you to get the most out of the treatment plan, but protect your teeth, as well.

How To Take Care of Your Braces

Caring for your teeth while you have braces, and caring for the braces themselves, doesn’t have to be hard. As a matter of fact, if you follow these five rules, you can easily protect the investment you have made as well as the health of your teeth.

  1. Proper Tools – When you have braces, your chance of developing cavities increases because food particles get stuck between, behind, and in your braces. That’s why it is important to floss and brush regularly, and do so with the right tools. Using an inter-ortho toothbrush and floss threaders can make cleaning your teeth much easier while wearing metal braces.
  2. Use Utensils – Using a fork and knife to prepare food you would normally bite into, such as corn on the cob or pizza, can greatly diminish the amount of food that gets trapped behind and between your braces.
  3. Stay Away From Candy – This sounds like an obvious one, but it is important to remember that candy, such as gum, gummies, caramel, and hard sweets, can all damage your braces. The excess sugar will also increase your risk of developing cavities.
  4. Break Bad Habits – Common habits like fingernail biting, pencil chewing, teeth grinding, etc., are never good for your teeth, but they are especially dangerous if you wear metal braces. This is because such habits can cause damage to brackets and wires, just like biting into hard foods and candy, or even loosen up your braces.
  5. Visit Your Orthodontist – When you have braces, it is important to visit your orthodontist regularly for check-ups and adjustments. Try not to skip or put off appointments, as regular orthodontic care can make a huge difference in the treatment time.

Braces in Elk Grove Village

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