Depending on your unique circumstances, you may need traditional metal braces for a few months or years. For this reason, it’s important that you know how to take care of your braces, teeth, and gums so you can maintain a healthy smile during orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontist in Milford, Michigan, and her team would be more than happy to help you stay on track so you can achieve the smile of your dreams.
Here’s what you need to know.
BRUSH YOUR TEETH AFTER EVERY MEAL
The bacteria that live in your mouth love to eat sugar from leftover food particles. That’s why it’s important that you brush your teeth after every meal. Otherwise, the plaque will produce an acid that attacks your gums and erodes the enamel.
While wearing metal braces, we recommend carrying a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste with you when you’re at school, at work, or on the go. That way, you’ll be able to maintain a fresh, clean smile throughout the day.
FLOSS YOUR TEETH ONCE A DAY
Brushing after every meal is a good habit, but it’s also important that you floss once a day to remove any plaque or food particles hiding between teeth. Since flossing with metal braces can be tricky, you may find it easier to use a floss threader. As the name suggests, a floss threader can help you thread the floss underneath the metal archwire so you can floss around each individual tooth in your smile.
AVOID FOODS THAT ARE STICKY & HARD TO CHEW
Foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew can pull at your traditional metal braces. For this reason, we recommend eating foods that are easier to chew during orthodontic treatment.
FOODS YOU’LL NEED TO AVOID WITH METAL BRACES INCLUDE:
- Hard or chewy candy
- Hard fruits and vegetables
- Chewy breads, like bagels
Please feel free to check out our blog post on what you can eat with metal braces to get ideas for meals and snacks.
REDUCE HOW MUCH SUGAR YOU CONSUME
The bacteria in your mouth that are responsible for causing cavities love to eat sugar. That’s why we recommend reducing how much sugar you consume on a daily basis. This will help you keep plaque buildup at bay during orthodontic treatment.
CONTINUE SEEING YOUR DENTIST FOR PREVENTIVE CARE
In general, most patients should see a dentist at least every 6 months for preventive care. During your appointment, they’ll be able to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth to reduce your risk of developing cavities. They’ll also be able to detect any issues with your oral health before they have the opportunity to worsen.
Dr. Siara-Olds will work with your dentist to ensure you receive comprehensive oral care. Together, they’ll help you achieve the beautifully straightened smile you’ve always wanted.
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REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR. SIARA-OLDS
Dr. Nicole Siara-Olds is a board-certified orthodontist in Milford, Michigan. She’s also accepting new patients and would be more than happy to welcome you to our practice. To schedule an appointment, please call Siara-Olds Orthodontics at (248) 684-6833. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.