New braces can be a big change! There are lots of things to get used to and learn. Taking care of your new braces can feel overwhelming, but you’ll get the hang of it! Here’s what you need to know about how to care for your new braces.
Braces Care at Home
Learning how to care for your new braces is important because they require daily care and this starts at home. Caring for your braces is similar to caring for your teeth. You should clean your braces with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste after each meal or three times a day. Flossing daily is also important.
Talk with your orthodontist for tips and tools that can help make caring for your braces easier and more effective. An electric toothbrush can help to clean those extra difficult-to-reach nooks and crannies that braces create. Floss picks and threaders can also help to make flossing under and between your braces easier, too.
Braces Care on the Road
When you are on the road, whether it’s an extended trip, day trip, or simply going to school or work, it’s important to make sure that you have the right tools with you to keep your braces clean and your teeth healthy and bright.
Keeping a travel toothbrush and a few floss picks in your backpack, purse, or lunch bag can help to ensure that you have what you need when you need it so that you never have to put up with having something stuck in your braces during a class or work meeting!
Braces Care at the Dentist
A lot of important braces care happens at home, but it’s also crucial to visit the dentist regularly for a professional cleaning.
This is because even the best at-home dental care routine might not be able to thoroughly clean the most difficult-to-reach areas between your teeth and around your braces. A dental hygienist has the special tools and expertise needed to help you ensure that every surface of your teeth gets thoroughly cleaned and polished.
If you have more questions about caring for your braces, don’t hesitate to call your orthodontist or ask at your next appointment! Knowing how to care for your new braces properly is important so that your new smile will look and feel its very best when you get your braces off!
Call our Lawton Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.