Caring for Braces

Woman smiles as she thinks about caring for braces

The time has finally come. After years of putting it off, you’ve finally broken down and gotten braces for either yourself or your child. However, now that you’ve got them, you’re not sure how to properly care for them. You remember your dentist telling you that if you damage your braces, you’d have them for a longer amount of time. But what does caring for braces mean? 

Caring for your braces doesn’t have to be complicated. Many of the things we’re going to tell you should be common sense. However, if you have any questions, you can always call your orthodontist in Johns Creek, Ricci Orthodontics. 

Caring for Braces 

An essential part about caring for your teeth, whether or not you have braces is to brush and floss at least twice a day. This habit helps you get rid of any food that got stuck in your teeth while you were eating during the day. It also prevents cavities, which form when food gets left in your teeth for extended periods. Use a threader to floss, and a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush. 

You should also make sure you see your dentist and orthodontist regularly. The dentist is there to keep your teeth healthy, and your orthodontist wants to make sure your teeth are getting straight like they’re supposed to. Though it isn’t always an experience you’ll look forward to, going to see dental professionals is critical to your dental health. Find a kind, compassionate dentist that you’ll look forward to seeing, or find a way to give yourself a small reward when you keep your appointments. Most importantly, listen to what they have to say. They’re giving you advice for your benefit, not their own. 

Finally, be careful about what goes in your mouth. Chewing on your nails or pen caps can break your brackets. Consider getting something to keep your hands busy while you think, such as a stress ball. This rule goes for food as well. Biting into foods like a hot dog or a warm slice of pizza can get food stuck in your teeth, and hard foods may also damage your wires and brackets. When you need to eat something hard, be careful about how you do it. Use a knife and fork to take bites of your food. Just make sure you cut the food into small portions that are easy to fit in your mouth. 

Contact Ricci Orthodontics

If you have been putting off braces for you or your child, Ricci Orthodontics is the best choice for you. Our caring, friendly staff will help you through the process one step at a time. You can also compete in fun community events. We provide services for a variety of needs, including: 

We want to help you create your best smile. Contact Ricci Orthodontics at [Direct] today for more information.