Now that you are receiving orthodontic treatment, it’s very important to get into good oral hygiene habits. Your Salt Lake City braces are working hard to straighten your teeth, but much of the overall health of your mouth is still dependent on what you do. Here are some ways that you can maintain good oral hygiene between your checkups.
Certain foods can easily get trapped in the wires of your braces, which is why you need to be careful about what you decide to eat. Eat softer foods that won’t get caught in the wires of your braces. Avoid foods that are sugary and sticky, since these tend to cling to the wires. If you do eat something that gets stuck in your braces, be sure to clean it out as soon as you can.
To keep your braces clean, it is important that you thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice a day. You should also floss carefully and rinse your mouth after brushing. This will help to keep your teeth and the wires of your braces clean. Sometimes, food will still get caught in your braces in hard-to-reach areas. Using a proxabrush, designed specifically for brushing under wires and in tight spaces, will help.
If you are using a retainer for treatment, you will still need to brush, floss, and rinse your mouth twice a day. In addition to cleaning your teeth, take out your retainer and brush it thoroughly. Regularly soaking and sanitizing your retainer with cleaning tablets for dentures can also help it to remain clean and avoid developing an uncomfortable taste.
Whether you are using traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, or ClearCorrect, brushing, flossing, and rinsing two times a day is vital for good oral health. For more information on good oral hygiene and affordable treatment options in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas, call Utah Orthodontic Care at 801.999.4431.