Braces are one of the most popular orthodontic methods available today and are trusted by everyone. Orthodontic time usually takes about 18 – 36 months depending on the case. That means you have to wear braces in each of those times. So you have to learn how to get used to them right from the beginning.
During braces, what you need to pay attention to is the process of care and oral hygiene, so as not to affect the devices and not hurt your soft tissues and gums. Actually it is not as difficult as you think. Vinh An Dental will guide you how to take care of your teeth after braces as well as some helpful tips to help you quickly “get along” with this “new friend”.
- Brush your teeth regularly in conjunction with flossing
When wearing braces in the mouth, cleaning the oral cavity becomes more difficult. In addition, leftover food is easy to fall into the braces and teeth, plaque is easier to form, so the risk of dental diseases is higher than normal. So you have to brush your teeth daily and choose a brush with soft bristles and specialized brushes for braces. Specifically, every day you should brush your teeth at least twice in the morning after getting up and at night before going to bed. You should also brush your teeth after meals, as this will remove the remaining food plaque on the teeth. Avoid using bristle brushes because it is very easy to make stains as well as damage the gums and teeth. Besides daily brushing, you should use a combination of dental floss to help clean the plaque more effectively. Slide the thread in the tooth in the upper part of the tooth with the main cord, gently carry the thread through the string, clean the bowstring and between the teeth. This will help you effectively dispose of the leftovers on the braces.
- Change the appropriate diet
While wearing braces, you must limit the use of certain types of food so as not to damage braces.
– Avoid using direct bite of tubers, hard fruits such as corn, carrots, apples … but should be minced before eating. All types of meat, ribs … in daily diets should also be chopped.
– Avoid chewing gum and marshmallows because their ability to stick to braces will be difficult to clean.
– Do not use teeth to bite hard objects such as: bottle cap, sugarcane because it will very easily drop, broke braces
– Types of gas, soda, caramel, coffee … should not be used because it is easy to cause oxidation of braces.
– Limit sugar and starchy foods because they produce acids and troughs on teeth that cause gum disease.
- Be careful when exercising or do strong exercising
When exercising or participating in strong exercise, you should pay attention to using protective gear to protect your teeth. When an accident involves a face during exercise or exercise (such as a ball hitting the face, falling …) you must check the braces right away, if any parts of the instrument are loosened, Get out or damaged or heavier, the tools hurt you. At that time, you need to see a doctor for immediate treatment.
- Re-examination according to the doctor’s appointment
During the braces, you should go to the doctor regularly. Regular visits are essential for braces to achieve good results. The doctor can understand the oral situation, adjust the teeth evenly and handle immediately if problems occur.
- Some troubleshooting tips when having problems with braces
During the orthodontic period, sometimes you have a bit of trouble, such as a brace is broken, the bowstring is broken and the mouth is hurt. Often the wire in the position of the last brace may be redundant or poke the cheek causing damage. In these cases you can overcome by:
Mound cotton or orthodontic wax at the end of the residual zinc tip to reduce the force of contact with the cheek and go to thedentist’s room to be treated with excess zinc
- In the early days of attaching the braces, your upper lip and lower lip may be attached to the irritating braces. You can overcome by applying orthodontic wax on the braces to reduce contact and friction to make you more comfortable.
Usually after the first braces about 3 to 5 days you will have to feel uncomfortable, sometimes minor pain, because this is the first time you have to get used to feeling the braces in your mouth. Therefore, you do not need to worry at all because this is a very normal thing to happen in those who perform braces. To relieve the feeling of pain at this time, you should rinse your mouth with warm water or use diluted salt water, take pain relievers if necessary. This will reduce some aches and pains as well as discomfort in the mouth.
- You can also use orthodontic wax to re-attach the flap, drop