Have you decided to make 2018 the year you gain confidence in your smile with a course of teeth straightening? In this month’s blog we look at 5 top tips to enable you to care for your brace and oral health ensuring that you get the best possible result from your teeth straightening treatment
1. Never Skip Brushing
Whilst you are undergoing teeth straightening, it is very important that you brush your teeth and braces after every meal. Food particles can easily become trapped, leading to plaque and decay. Carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with you in your bag, in the car and in your desk at work to ensure that you always have the tools you need to brush even after meals on the go.
2. Floss teeth at least twice a day
Using floss and interdental cleaning aids to clean those areas that brushing alone misses. This helps to reduce the risk of developing gum disease and decay.
3. Avoid fizzy drinks, sodas, pops, carbonated drinks and fruit juices
Fizzy drinks are often high in sugar and can be acidic. If you do not clean your teeth properly this can lead to tooth decay and acid erosion whether you have fixed or removable braces. Wherever possible try to drink these drinks through a straw to reduce the time the liquid is in contact with your teeth. Do not brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking as this can cause damage your teeth, wait approximately 40 minutes.
4. Get any damage repaired quickly
It is important that you book an appointment as soon as possible if your brace becomes damaged. This will ensure that the dentist can assess and repair any damage, ensuring that your teeth straightening treatment continues as planned.
5. Don’t skip appointments
Missing appointments consistently will extend the time that you need to wear you braces and can hinder your ability to achieve a gorgeous and perfectly straight smile. If you need to rearrange an appointment for any reason it is not a problem, just ensure that you rebook for an upcoming day not several weeks later.
If you would like to find out more information about making 2018 the year you have confidence in your smile and teeth straightening, do not hesitate to call The Essex Smile Centre on 01268 742 333 and one of our team will be happy to assist you.