Braces can present some challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. More specifically, preventing decay can be a challenge due to foods being trapped under wires and brackets. But have no worries, we will help you along the way! Here are a few tips to get you started…
1) Proper Brushing: Dr Fleming recommends a soft bristle brush with a smaller head. Orthodontic brushes are a great choice if you can find them. We also recommend electronic toothbrushes, such as a SoniCare over a traditional mechanical toothbrush. Focus on the area between the braces and gums and don’t be afraid to push the bristles under the gums and wires. Try starting at the furthest back both on the right and then move to the left one tooth at a time. Brushing methodically with a routine will ensure that you don’t miss any areas! We recommend any toothpaste with fluoride. Lastly, don’t forget to brush your tongue, too!
2) Cleanings with your dentist: Please make sure you see your dentist every 3-6 months for regular cleanings while in braces to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy. We monitor your brushing at each visit and if we feel improvements can be made we will coach you.
3) Braces-Safe foods: Foods that are high in sugar or starch can cause more plaque which is difficult to remove while brushing. We ask that you stay away from foods that are sticky (such as caramel, starbursts, tootsie rolls and bubble gum) and hard/crunchy foods (such as whole nuts, pretzels and corn chips). These foods can break brackets and bend wires which will add time to your treatment. Please also keep in mind that fruits and vegetables can also cause harm to your braces. Cut fruits and veggies in small bite size pieces or cook them (ask us for a food list).
If you have any questions during your orthodontic treatment please do not hesitate to contact our office or ask us at your regular visits!
Dr Fleming provides orthdontics in the Garland, Richardson, Sachse, Wylie, Plano and surrounding areas.