Caring For Your Braces
It is difficult to make a decision around receiving an orthodontic treatment plan. Unknown to most, they are a lot of work to take care of. They are an investment in your teeth, so it is important to protect them and to take proper care of them. If patients fail to do this, they can be disappointed in the results and may even incur additional costs when parts are broken by misuse or failure to comply with instructions given.
For those patients who are interested in getting braces and want to know more, please contact us today at Senestraro Family Orthodontics where we can talk it over. Our professional staff is well versed in all the latest orthodontic treatments and can answer any questions you may have.
Protect Your Braces and Your Teeth
While the types of braces available have changed over the years, the fact that more children than adults are wearing them has not. This means that in some cases, children do not follow instructions and can either damage the orthodontic appliances or injure the soft tissue of the mouth.
Braces can help correct issues where the patient’s teeth are too close together or where they have too much space between them as well as fix severe overbites or underbites. It is important to realize that caring for teeth and the dental orthodontic appliances will make the treatment more comfortable, and in most cases, make it more effective, thus decreasing the amount of time necessary to reach your treatment goals.
Brushing and Flossing with Braces
It is even more important to remain diligent in your oral health habits when you have braces. It is vital to take care of both your teeth and your gums when wearing braces. It does take more time and effort than when you did not have braces but is very necessary.
It is even easier for food and debris to collect on your teeth and in your braces now. This means bacteria can take hold and cause gum irritation, gingivitis, tooth decay, and even gum disease. While brushing and flossing are necessary it is also important to be gentle to make sure no damage occurs to the brackets or wires.
In order to protect your braces, it is important to brush and floss but it is also important to recognize that certain foods can cause damage to them. Do not eat any foods which are sticky or hard. If you eat candy with caramel, it can stick to the orthodontic appliances and cause them to become loose. It is also important to not chew your nails or chew on anything that can cause damage like a pen cap.
It is also important for children to wear an appropriate mouthguard while playing sports. Any type of trauma to the face or mouth can damage the braces and require additional work to repair.
While you may have decided to get braces, it is important to realize what an investment it is and what is involved in taking care of them. Why not come in today to find out more at our office location at Senestraro Family Orthodontics? Use our number (503) 228-1945 to set up an appointment.