When you get braces, it's important to already be prepared for it to be more difficult to take good care of your teeth. This is because they have lots of small spaces in which food becomes trapped, causing plaque and other problems. Knowing how to prevent this is vital.
Home Care for Braces
You must brush your teeth after each meal you eat – snacks included. It's also important for you to floss once a day and always end with some mouthwash. This will help keep your teeth from developing other issues like staining or ones that may require you to wear braces longer. For some additional help with this, we suggest getting an electronic toothbrush.
Seeing Your Dental Team
Besides taking care of your teeth at home, you should also be prepared to visit our office more often. You'll need regular adjustments made to your braces, which can cause some discomfort. Additionally, it's also important that you see us for general dentistry too. We'll perform routine checkups to look for things like cavities and gum disease. While in our office you'll also get a fluoride treatment to protect you even more, so your teeth won't decay while you're wearing your braces.
Why Good Dental Hygiene is Vita
Besides keeping your mouth healthy so you have great looking teeth once the braces do come off, we can also help you make sure that the braces themselves don't become damaged. You want to make sure of this, so they'll feel comfortable when you're wearing them. Of course, this also enables us to work with you to avoid any complications that could cost you more money or leave you with results that are less than what you were hoping for.
While all these things are important, but one of the most important things you should do while wearing braces is make sure you have routine appointments set up with our office. If you don't, you should call us today.
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We are conveniently located on Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and on Taft Highway on Signal Mountain.