Orthodontia--braces and clear aligners--gradually moves teeth for better health, function and personal appearance. So popular that one in five adults wear some kind of orthodontic appliance, braces require proper care so your mouth stays healthy. At Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT, Dr. Adriana Torena and her team will show you how.
A little bit every day
If you're one of those adults the American Association of Orthodontists says wears braces, or if you have a child undergoing orthodontic treatment in Bridgeport, you must be disciplined about oral care. If you're not, decay and gum disease can run rampant.
Accordingly, Dr. Torena recommends these daily disciplines:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Use a soft brush and a gentle, circular motion. Angle it toward the top and bottom of brackets. Take your time.
- Floss daily. Use a floss threader to get the strand into tight spaces, and employ interproximal brushes and/or a WaterPik to remove those hard to get at food particles. Take your time, and be patient. When you wear conventional braces, flossing is well worth it.
- Look at your teeth, gums and braces. Inspect for broken wires, loose brackets, sore spots on your soft oral tissues and any leftover food residues.
- Avoid sticky or very hard foods, such as caramels, popcorn and raw carrots.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Put orthodontic wax on any rough edges to avoid oral irritations. Contact Dr. Torena right away if you lose a bracket or break and arch wire.
- Get your usual check-ups and professional cleanings every six months at Allure Dental Group.
While patients who wear clear aligners, such as Invisalign, have less complex oral hygiene needs, they still must brush and floss, keep their progress check appointments and ensure those removable appliances are squeaky clean.
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Orthodontics from Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT, is so beneficial. Straight smiles inspire self-confidence and improve both oral and systemic health. You can do your part with meticulous hygiene practices at home. For more tips and techniques on living successfully with braces, contact Dr. Adriana Torena and her team at (203) 368-9016.