Do you have braces? Do you know how this affects you?
The affects of braces and oral health
Braces are a very popular and effective treatment and they have helped thousands of people all over the world to enjoy a healthy looking, straight smile.
Braces are made up of brackets and wires, which work together to produce forces to move the teeth; they can be used to tackle a number of problems, from crowded teeth and spaces between the teeth to issues with the bite and crooked teeth.
One of the main worries people have when they start wearing braces is their oral health, but there is no need to be concerned and most people enjoy very good oral health during the treatment process. Taking care of braces.
Looking after your teeth when you have braces
No matter what kind of braces you have, it is important to look after your teeth; whether you have fixed braces, Incognito braces or a removable orthodontic appliance, it is vital to brush your teeth properly and take steps to keep your mouth clean and reduce the risk of gum disease and decay.
If you have traditional fixed braces, it is obviously going to be a little more difficult to brush your teeth, but your dentist will explain how to keep your teeth clean and you can buy specialist products, which make cleaning easier. You can also buy special brushes for lingual braces, which are fixed braces that are placed on the back of the teeth.
It is a good idea when you have fixed braces to avoid eating chewy foods, such as toffees and chewy sweets, as they tend to cling to the braces and they can be hard to remove. More advice.
Caring for your teeth with a removable brace
Removable braces, such as Clearstep, Invisalign and the Inman Aligner, can make oral hygiene much easier, but you will still need to take good care of your teeth and gums and also look after your brace.
Your dentist will explain how to care for your brace and also how to ensure that your teeth remain healthy while you have treatment. You will need to be diligent with teeth cleaning and see your dentist for regular check-ups.
Oral hygiene is important for all patients, but it is particularly important for patients with braces, as food and bacteria can become trapped in braces and this may contribute to an increased risk of dental decay and gum disease.
Try to ensure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, take care to brush thoroughly so that you don’t miss any food particles and see your dentist if you start to experience symptoms of decay, such as toothache or sensitivity, or gum disease, such as bleeding when you brush, swollen and sore gums.