Orthodontic treatment serves two important purposes: to improve the appearance of your smile, and to improve your oral health. Unfortunately, braces can make it difficult to effectively brush and floss, resulting in an enamel demineralization problem often called "white spot lesions" once the braces are removed.
A trusted provider of braces for children and adult braces in Winnipeg, Dr. Gary Levine Orthodontist is happy to offer some important tips for maintaining good oral hygiene both during and after orthodontic treatment.
Brushing is essential during orthodontic treatment to remove food particles and bacteria which have an easier time accumulating on brackets and wires. It is recommended that you not only brush in the morning and the evening, but also after every meal if you are able to. Make sure you take your time to thoroughly clean each tooth, and switch to a soft-bristled brush if you aren't using one already.
After orthodontic treatment you won't need to be rushing off to brush after every meal, but you still need to make sure you are brushing well and brushing regularly. It shouldn't be difficult to stick with the good habits you developed during treatment.
Flossing is just as important as brushing during orthodontic treatment, but many people find regular methods of flossing to be next to impossible while wearing braces. A floss threader is a fantastic tool that can help you floss each tooth and reach all those hard-to-reach places. Floss threaders are inexpensive and extremely convenient to use.
When your braces come off you'll no longer need to use a floss threader, but you should maintain regular flossing. Don't let your beautiful new smile now fall victim to cavities!
Foods to Avoid
Your Winnipeg orthodontist will tell you which foods you should avoid during treatment, and it is very important that you adhere to the recommendations. Certain foods can damage your braces while others can get stuck to your wires and brackets and encourage tooth decay. Stay away from chewy candies, gum, hard nuts, and popcorn, and cut foods such as apples and carrots up into smaller pieces instead of biting into them whole.
After orthodontic treatment you'll be able to go back to eating all of the foods you could before, but be careful not to overdo it on hard and chewy foods right away as your gums may be sensitive.
Have Orthodontic Oral Hygiene Concerns? A Winnipeg Orthodontist Can Help
You'll be able to take the best care of your teeth and gums during and after orthodontic treatment by seeking treatment from an experienced Winnipeg orthodontist. Dr. Gary Levine Orthodontist always makes sure that patients have all of the information and guidance they need to end up with a straight, white, and healthy smile once treatment is finished.
A provider of children's braces and adult braces in Winnipeg, Dr. Gary Levine Orthodontist is happy to accept new patients. If you'd like to book an appointment with Dr. Levine, then just get in touch with our office today.