Protecting Your Braces

Braces are a common, highly effective treatment for correcting the alignment of your teeth and your jaws. By properly aligning your teeth, braces can improve your smile and your oral health, as well as give you a major boost of confidence. However, for your braces to do their job effectively, it is important that you take measures to protect and care for them. Sawrie Orthodontics can help.

Keep Them Clean

Regular oral hygiene is essential. When you have braces, it becomes even more so. Brackets and wires can trap food particles, plaque, and bacteria that can significantly increase your risk of developing oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. To keep your braces, and your teeth clean, you will need to alter your brushing and flossing routine. Brush your teeth after each meal, angling the head against the brackets to reach all areas. Flossing should be done at least once a day. Getting the floss under the wires can be difficult, but floss threaders can help. Floss between each tooth, around the brackets, and around the wires. Moreover, do not forget to floss behind your back teeth.

Take Care When Eating

Brackets are bonded to the fronts of each tooth with special dental cement. The cement is strong, but it is possible for your brackets to become dislodged. The wires can also be bent or broken. There are certain types of foods that can cause these issues to occur, including hard, crunchy foods, sticky foods, and chewy foods. To protect your braces, it is best to avoid these foods. In some cases, the foods can be cut up to avoid these issues. For instance, you should avoid eating whole apples and corn on the cob, but cut the apple into slices, or remove the corn from the cob allows you to enjoy them.

Braces and Sports

While playing sports is a fun activity, certain types pose risks to your oral health. They can lead to tooth damage or injuries to your jaw. Wearing braces poses extra risks. Brackets can become dislodged, and wires may bend or break. The brackets and wires can cause serious lacerations to your oral tissues. A specialized mouth guard can be made for you to wear while you play sports throughout the duration of your orthodontic treatment.

Dealing With Braces Emergencies

Taking proper precautions while wearing braces helps to ensure that they remain strong and provide the optimal results. However, braces emergencies can still arise. A bracket or wire may come loose. A wire can bend or break. If an emergency with your braces does arise, it is important not to panic. Call our office to schedule an appointment. We will try to get you in as soon as possible. If you have a bracket or a broken wire that is irritating your intraoral tissues, place a piece of wax over it until you can be seen. Protecting your braces ensures that they can do their job effectively, improving your smile and your oral health. If you have any questions or concerns, call Sawrie Orthodontics today at (423) 624-8217.