When you come out of your braces, you will want to see clean, healthy-looking teeth. This is what you have worked so hard to achieve. To promote a healthy outcome while wearing braces, you will want to practice excellent oral hygiene to keep your teeth and gums free from tooth decay and gum disease.
Wearing braces, with the brackets, wires, and elastic bands may cause plaque building up in those areas. To circumvent this, brushing and flossing every day and keeping all scheduled dental cleanings will help.
Some patients like using an electric toothbrush and a water flosser. You can also use a fluoride toothpaste to keep tooth enamel strong during your time in braces. The goal is to remove oral debris from brackets and wires as well as between teeth. A mouthwash can also help reduce bacteria and plaque to deter gingivitis.
If you need additional motivation to stay on top of your daily oral care, remember that preventing gum disease and tooth decay will keep your projected braces removal date on track. You don’t want to delay scheduled adjustments because you are having dental treatments treating cavities and swollen, sore gums instead.
And finally, you want your teeth to look and feel their best when the braces are removed. Plaque and bacterial debris, if allowed to accumulate, can leave stains on tooth enamel. To prevent discoloration, take time every day to keep your smile fresh and clean.
If you would like more information on how to achieve the best results when your braces come off, don’t hesitate to talk to us. Just call our Smile at the World Orthodontics team in Temple, Texas at 254-773-8028. Our orthodontist, Dr. Joshua Knowles is always happy to help you!