Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dental Braces Care

I have been wearing braces for almost 3 years now and getting my teeth clean all the time is my ultimate problem. I usually have a hard time every after meal when all of the food stuffs get caught between my brackets and elastics. So I search over the net for some dental braces care. Check this out!

Extra Dental Care While Wearing Braces. Braces Care

It is important to continue to have your teeth checked by your dentist while having orthodontic treatment, dental braces. You also need to take extra care of your teeth (braces care) and mouth. There are a number of steps involved in caring for teeth with braces. The first is removing plaque and is primarily done with a toothbrush:

  1. Braces Care: Clean your teeth with braces carefully with floss every day between your teeth where you can. Flossing is difficult without braces and increases in difficulty when working around the brackets. Braces appliances are delicate and you need to make sure you clean them carefully so that they do not break. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to show you the special techniques to use depending on the dental braces you are wearing.
  2. Braces Care: Brush your braced teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and, if necessary, use a mouthwash. A manual toothbrush works well if it is properly used, but individuals with brackets and other fixed orthodontic devices may find it easier to use a power or sonic toothbrush. But even a sonic toothbrush can’t remove all the plaque because in dental braces remain some areas that can’t be reached, so other tools may be needed.
  3. Braces Care: An interdental brush can be used to fit between the braces wire and the tooth to remove hard-to-reach plaque and food debris. So called proxabrush or “Christmas tree” brush. This brush is specially designed for cleaning between two braces.
  4. Braces Care: Oral irrigators can be used as an adjunct to brushing and flossing while wearing dental braces. This helps remove food debris and plaque out of braces.
  5. Braces Care: Every time you brush your teeth, brush your retainer as well. Once a day or at least once a week, disinfect your retainer by soaking it in a denture cleanser, such as Efferdent or Polident or other brand name solutions. Add the cleanser to a cup full of warm – but never hot – water. Thoroughly rinse the retainer with plain water before placing it back in your mouth.
  6. Braces Care: Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks. Avoid “snacking” on foods or drinks containing sugars, and on fizzy drinks. Also, sticky and hard foods may damage the delicate orthodontic appliances.


LIZZIE said...

I never use braces before.. Only retainer because I only needed to fix a little of my teeth so I don't know that wearing braces need a lot of work. Haha.. But keeping teeth healthy is good. I never like bad breath and bad teeth can cause bad breath.

Pamela Waterman said...

I finished adult braces last year at age 52. You offer a very complete listing of good oral care techniques! I especially love the power toothbrush; I found one with a tiny head that works for my small mouth. Best wishes.

W E N G said...

indeed keeping our teeth healthy should be our biggest priority lizz. You are lucky enough to only need a little magic on your teeth, mine needs a little more pulling and realigning to do. I just wish this will soon be over. I can't the food that I really love, especially the crispy and crunchy ones.

W E N G said...

I love the interdental brush too pam.. It really works especially in the interiors of our teeth. Love your site too... very informative

BrioII said...

I've been lucky and not had to deal with braces. But I never liked flossing because I did not like putting my fingers into my mouth. Then I found Gripit Floss Holders - These handy devices solved the problem

Gem said...

Dental braces care is important in order to avoid some complications in the future. To have one, you have to consult to a reliable Dentist in order for your money not to be wasted.

cynthia said...

I love this! I hadn't thought to brush my retainer...good idea. I would only add one thing: Floss with braces - use the platypus flosser! I used to spend hours flossing, threading, muttering under my breath - but the platypus works so much better and easier by far. got mine on amazon - easy breezy.

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