Even as an adult, braces can help to straighten crooked teeth—giving you that smile you've always desired. But when you get braces, you will need to take extra care of your mouth because it will be more difficult than before. Braces can trap food, which will ultimately cause plaque and decay. Good oral hygiene is vital to avoid problems later, so follow these steps to give your teeth the best possible treatment once you get braces.
Make Sure The Toothbrush Has A Soft Head
While brushing your teeth thoroughly is important, hard toothbrushes can do more damage than good to your teeth. Make sure you use a toothbrush that has a soft head to clean your teeth well without damaging them. The soft-head toothbrush should ideally be used after every meal to prevent food particles from getting trapped in your brace wires. Be gentle when brushing to avoid snapping the wires of your braces.
Avoid Foods That Can Damage Your Braces
Certain foods, however tasty, can harm your braces, so you must be careful of what you eat once you get braces. For example, starchy or sugary foods can get trapped inside the wires and cause a buildup of plaque. If you don't clean this properly, your teeth will start to form cavities. Foods that are too chewy or sticky like red meats, gum and dried fruits are best avoided until you get your braces removed. Hard foods like dried fruits and nuts, raw apples, carrots and candy can break brace wires or undo the brace brackets. Hard and chewy foods should be cut into small pieces if you want to eat them so you don't have to chew for too long and risk damage to your braces.
Rinse Your Mouth With Warm Water After Every Meal
While brushing is usually recommended, sometimes you're not in a position to do so if you're at work, outdoors or at some event. If you have a meal, make sure you rinse your mouth with plain water. This action will remove any food stuck in and around your brace wires and brackets. Do this for a few minutes to make sure you remove as many food particles as possible. Warm water will help to dislodge the food more easily from your mouth.
Adult braces are totally worth getting if they help your teeth in the long run. Follow these care tips to ensure minimal issues when you get them.