How to Care for Braces

Getting braces is a big step in any person’s life, and you should be prepared. It’s important to be aware that oral care will become more difficult after getting braces. Braces are made out of metal and have numerous spaces and holes where small bits of food can pass through and get trapped. Trapped food can lead to oral issues like plaque, and store bacteria eventually leading to other issues like tooth decay. That’s why it’s important to remember to brush after every meal when wearing braces. It’s a little more work than brushing without braces, but it’s necessary and you’ll be happy you did it. Flossing and using mouthwash daily is also a necessity.


Preventing Damage to Braces


Happy with clean braces.


Lack of care for your braces won’t just damage your teeth and hygiene, it can also damage the braces themselves. This can cost a lot in unwanted dental fees due to braces repair. It can also greatly extend the amount of time you have to wear braces. Preventing damage to your braces also keeps your mouth comfortable, as it can be incredibly painful to wear damaged braces.


Caring for your Braces


AutoBrush automatic electric toothbrush


A more detailed and nuanced approach is required for cleaning braces than cleaning regular teeth. More food and plaque can get stuck inside braces than is normal without braces. The first step to remember is to remove any of the elastics on your braces. These will only get in the way when brushing. When brushing your teeth, brush around the wires and pins in order to remove the excess food particles.

After you’ve brushed the braces, then brush your teeth like you normally would. If you want to avoid the extra stress and steps of brushing with braces, the AutoBrush is fully automatic and is safe to use with braces. You won’t have to worry about brushing the right way because the AutoBrush will do it for you at the press of a button.

You still have to floss daily even with braces. To make sure you’re flossing properly with braces, it’s a good idea to ask your orthodontist what kind of floss you should be using and how you should be using it. You should also use mouthwash daily.


Seeing the Orthodontist


Routine checkup for braces.


Wearing braces requires regular visits to the orthodontist. This isn’t just to check up and see how they’re doing, but braces often need to be adjusted as they work to straighten your teeth. It’s common for the braces to feel uncomfortable and even tighter after they’ve given adjustments.

Don’t forget to also visit your regular dentist during this time period. Keeping your teeth under watch is vital while you have braces applied, as you don’t want tooth decay to develop.


AutoBrush Products


Breath neutralizing tongue scraper


AutoBrush offers a wide variety of products that can be used with braces and even help care for them. Extra mouthpiece available on the AutoBrush site has a 360 degree design which fit perfectly around braces for optimal cleaning.
The breath neutralizing tongue scraper is easy to use and doesn’t get in the way of braces. It’s another effective way to keep your breath fresh by removing excess build-up and bacteria from the tongue.

Getting braces is a big step in any young person’s life, and the better prepared you are for braces the better your teeth will be after them.

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