Much has been made in the past of the dental hygiene issues experienced by many patients who wear braces. In fact, it’s not difficult to keep your teeth clean and healthy whilst undergoing orthodontic treatment. All you need to do is develop an efficient routine – and stick to it.
Increasing numbers of adults as well as teenagers are having orthodontic treatment. This may involve fixed braces or removable aligners. Whilst the latter don’t need any special dental hygiene techniques, the former do, and a visit to a dental hygienist will help you learn how to clean around your brace effectively.
Enhancedental in Leeds offers a number of orthodontic options for patients of all ages, using both fixed braces and removable aligners. The clinic also offers full dental hygiene services to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
If you fail to clean around your braces properly, you risk the development of dental plaque, which can cause tooth discolouration, decay, and gum disease. It can also result in unpleasant side-effects such as bad breath. All of these issues are easily avoided.
When you wear fixed braces, you need to clean your teeth more often than usual. Teeth should be brushed after every meal, although you should wait approximately an hour after eating to do this. Carrying a travel toothbrush with you or having a spare brush and toothpaste in your desk drawer at work make it easy to clean your teeth throughout the day.
Food particles have a habit of becoming trapped under brace wires. Your hygienist will teach you how to clean under the wires effectively, and may recommend using special equipment such as floss threaders to do this.
Of course, caring for braces involves more than just scrupulous oral hygiene. Some foods can damage your brace; sticky and sugary treats such as toffee or fudge should be avoided because they can become stuck to the brace and are difficult to remove. In fact, sugar intake in general ought to be monitored carefully.
Even some healthy foods, such as raw vegetables and some harder fruits, can damage or even break braces. Vegetables should be boiled, whilst fruits such as apples or pears should be cut into small pieces.