Orthodontics is used to straighten the teeth and correct the bite. This can improve not only the appearance of your smile, but the health as well. Now that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, there are some things you should know about caring for your teeth and braces.
Dental Hygiene with Braces
Dental hygiene is a little more involved while wearing braces. In order to floss, work the end of your floss through the space between the tooth and the arch wire. Then use a gentle sawing motion to work the floss between the teeth. Be very careful not to damage the arch wires.
Brush both up from the bottom and down from the top of each tooth. After this, brush with a proxabrush, which is designed to clean between the brackets. Insert the brush both from the bottom up and from the top down between each bracket. Brush several times in each direction.
Foods to Avoid
While wearing braces, there are certain foods that should be avoided, like:
– Tough-to-bite or hard foods like apples
– Chewy food like caramel
– Hard pretzels, carrots, nuts, and popcorn
– Corn on the cob
If you have any questions for Dr. Adenwalla, Dr. Ashai, and our team or if you would like to set up an appointment, feel free to contact A&A Orthodontics today. Our orthodontists in Avon, Sandusky, and Wadsworth, Ohio, are happy to serve you and your smile.