The better you care for your braces, the better your overall experience with either lingual braces or traditional braces will be. It’s important to clean them properly and protect them by avoiding certain foods and using mouthguards when playing sports. Here are some tips on how to care for your braces properly.
Properly Cleaning Your Traditional Braces or Lingual Braces is Integral for Oral Hygiene
Once you start wearing braces, taking good care of your gums and teeth becomes more important than ever. Although it is recommended to brush twice a day, after getting braces you need to brush your teeth after every meal. This may seem excessive, but food particles can get stuck to your braces, causing plaque build-up.
It should be noted that you need to be gentle while brushing, so you don’t damage the wire and brackets. Using a soft bristle brush, and a toothpaste that contains fluoride is recommended. You also need to remember to be gentle when you floss your traditional braces and lingual braces. It’s always a great idea to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash, to kill any bacteria missed by brushing and flossing.
If You Have Traditional Braces or Lingual Braces You Will Need to Avoid Certain Foods
Having to give up certain foods can be frustrating, but avoiding sticky, hard or chewy foods will help your braces stay in good condition. Foods you should avoid include popcorn, nuts, lollies, gum, chips and ice cubes. These foods can get stuck in your braces and damage the wires and brackets.
Your Lingual Braces and Traditional Braces Need Protection
If you have lingual braces or traditional braces, and you love playing sport you need to protect your braces and the rest of your mouth. Your orthodontist can recommend a range of different mouth guards you can wear.
If Your Lingual Braces or Your Traditional Braces Need Repairing, Visit Your Orthodontist A.S.A.P!
If your braces do get damaged and wires or brackets break, you need to visit your orthodontist as soon as possible! If your braces aren’t adjusted and working properly, you risk creating further complications for your teeth.
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