People who wear braces need to take extra care of their dental health during orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic appliances can make it difficult for toothbrushes and dental floss to reach certain areas, and can cause gum irritation and swelling. Additionally, hard, crunchy, or chewy foods can damage the components of orthodontic appliances and cause brackets and wires to break or braces to come off the teeth. For adults undergoing orthodontic treatment, aesthetics are also a factor to consider.
It is essential for patients to maintain optimal dentistry health throughout their lives by brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting the dentist and periodontist for prophylaxis. Rinsing with water and Listerine after eating sugar is also important, as it helps disinfect the entire mouth, including areas under the orthopedic appliances that the brush cannot always reach. Plaque can be difficult to remove when using orthodontic appliances, and if allowed to accumulate can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and unsightly stains on the surface of the teeth. To avoid damaging orthodontic appliances, it is important to avoid eating dangerous foods during treatment.
Additionally, it is important to go to routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. At Somerset Dental Care, our qualified dentists are available to answer any questions you may have about maintaining oral health while wearing braces. We understand that more and more adults are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment, so if you've always wanted a straighter smile but never had the chance to put on orthodontic appliances when you were a child, it's not too late!.