Good oral hygiene and proper care for your braces is vital through the length of your treatment in maximising your results. Brushing and flossing your teeth can be challenging when wearing braces but is extremely important that you do both consistently.
Dr Rodriguez recommends that during your orthodontic treatment, you keep a regular schedule of dental examinations with your general dentist. After your treatment, you’ll have a beautiful smile and teeth that are easier to keep clean, healthy and attractive.
Braces, wires, bands and retainers can all trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or floss away plaque. Careful brushing and flossing preferably after every meal and snack is the best way to prevent plaque build up, tooth decay and gum disease.
Avoid chewing on things, we all have some habits but biting your fingernails or chewing on pens or pencils can also damage your braces.
Avoid picking on your braces, picking at your braces with your fingers or finger nails is not a good idea for a few reasons. Constant picking may dislodge your brackets and also is unhealthy to expose your teeth to bacteria that is underneath your fingernails.