The maintenance of orthodontic braces is extremely important to ensure that your braces can continue to do their job of fixing your misalignments. Braces will not keep your teeth clean, so it is vital to continue to practice oral health hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing daily. When brushing, use small, gentle strokes to avoid damaging your braces. Flossing may prove to be too difficult in some places, so an additional level of treatment may be required, such as a mouthwash.
Your braces are not to be confused with mouth guards. They are there for straightening your teeth, not protecting them from physical harm. If you play any contact sports or are involved with activities that can potentially damage your smile, always be sure to wear the appropriate safety gear. This may include mouth guards, safety helmets, and face masks.
Try to eliminate foods and snacks from your diet that can easily become lodged in your teeth and gums. This includes hard snacks and candies, gummy and chewy foods, tough or hard foods, and various types of nuts. To ensure your retainer remains clean and free of food debris or bacteria, clean it at least once per week. Never let it outside your mouth unprotected, as this can cause contamination to occur.
If your braces should break or become damaged, do not try to fix them yourself. If a wire has broken off, try to cover the end of the wire with a soft material such as wax or chewing gum. To prevent further damage, contact your orthodontist.
If you notice signs of damage to your braces, fortunately, it can be treated. Payson Orthodontics remains committed to your oral health, and you are welcome to book an appointment with us by calling 928-472-7223. Stop by our orthodontic office in Payson, Arizona, and Dr. Ben McDowell and our team will give you the treatment you need. We are here to help you get your smile back on track!