Orthodontic treatment is correcting malocclusion, misalignment of a bite, or incorrect spaces. Orthodontic braces help move teeth into position using brackets and wires. When orthodontic braces are placed they are a little uncomfortable and it takes a couple days to get used to. Orthodontic treatment helps not only appearance of teeth but also helps reduce tooth decay and gum disease.
Caring for your teeth when you have orthodontic treatment may be difficult. When you have orthodontic wires food tends to get trapped on the brackets or in between your teeth or wires. It is very important to remove all plaque from these places because it can lead to dental problems. If plaque is left for long periods of time it tends to harden and creates build up. If plaque or bacteria is left in between the teeth it can create caries.
When you have orthodontic wires it is very important for your oral hygiene to improve. Dr. Danial Kalantari of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry tells his patients to brush and floss after every meal. Brush for at least 2 minutes with a soft bristle toothbrush, brushing teeth and against the gum line to remove any plaque. Flossing he recommends a floss threader to clean in between teeth. There is other options such as an electric toothbrush, water picks, or special orthodontic floss. All of these instruments or materials can benefit you, it’s just choosing which is more comfortable to you.
There are some foods to avoid when you are in orthodontic treatment. It is best to stay away from sweets and sugary drinks, these can create caries and gum problems. It is also recommended to stay away from sticky and chewy food. This food can get stuck in between the brackets and it is very difficult to remove at times. You also have to be careful when biting hard food for example candies, nuts or ice can loosen or break wires.
There is different alternatives for orthodontic braces. Invisalign is an example, it works the same as orthodontic braces but use retainers to move your teeth. It is much easier to brush and floss with invisalign than braces. Not everyone is a candidate, it’s best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Danial Kalantari or your treating dentist to see if you’re a candidate for invisalign. If you have any questions regarding the care for your teeth while in orthodontic treatment you can contact your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry./contact-us/