How to Take Care of Teeth During and After Braces

Posted on: December 10, 2019

braces Arleta, CA

Caring for your teeth while you have braces on can be challenging — both more time consuming and more difficult — but it is one of the most important parts of your journey with braces. Most people wear braces for one to three years, so practicing good oral health habits during this time is especially important. After you get your braces off, the way you care for your teeth will likely change, but it remains equally important.

Caring for your teeth while wearing braces

Brushing

Braces, wires and rubber bands are known to attract and retain food and plaque, so it is especially important to brush after each meal or snack. We can recommend the best toothbrush for you to do this, which is usually V-shaped to fit around your braces. You may also want to consider investing in an interdental toothbrush which is narrow enough to fit in between each bracket.

Flossing

Flossing once per day is an extremely important aspect of caring for your teeth, both when you have braces and after. Flossing is definitely more challenging when you have braces, so you’ll want to discuss technique with us. You likely will be advised to use a floss threader, which allows you to thread the floss between each bracket behind the wire. Another option is to use a water flosser, which shoots a small stream of water to flush food and plaque away from your teeth and braces.

Caring for your teeth after braces

By far, the best part of having braces is getting them removed. After years of living with metal or ceramic brackets on your teeth, you finally get to see your beautiful, straight smile. However, there are many important steps to keep your smile in tip-top shape.

Brushing and flossing

This one might seem obvious, but it is just as important to keep up your brushing and flossing habits as when you had braces. You luckily no longer have to use special tools to brush or floss, so there is no excuse. Brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day will help to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Retainers

Now that your teeth are in the perfect position, you want to make sure they stay there. The most effective way to do this is by wearing your retainer every single day. Our office may recommend wearing it anytime you are not eating, or only at night. Either way, this is a step that you definitely do not want to skip. There is nothing worse than spending years with braces, just to have your teeth move back to their original position. Your retainer will help keep your teeth in the position that you want them.

Whitening after braces

Arguably the only way to enhance your new beautifully straight smile is to whiten your teeth. Come to our office and discuss your options for whitening your new straight smile.

The bottom line

Taking care of your teeth while wearing braces, although it can be challenging, is very important to your oral health — and continues to be important once your braces have been removed. Contact our office today to learn more about caring for your teeth and how braces factor into this equation.

Request an appointment here: https://www.unitedfamilydentalgroup.com or call United Family Dental Group at (818) 473-1142 for an appointment in our Arleta office.

Check out what others are saying about our services on Yelp: Read our Yelp reviews.


Related Posts

May 7, 2020

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Fix Gaps Between Teeth

Cosmetic dentistry is a special field that focuses on improving the appearance of the teeth. Additionally, cosmetic dentists work to enhance the teeth's form and function, which often gets overlooked. A common problem that often …

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus(COVID-19) Disease Prevention and Emergency Dentistry

Health care professionals everywhere are mindful of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). This includes dentists. Dental professionals must watch out for their patients’ welfare during this challenging time. If you have an emergency procedure at your dentist’s …

March 6, 2020

Step-by-step Guide to Dental Implant Placement from an Oral Surgeon

A dental implant procedure replaces tooth roots with metal posts and missing or damaged teeth with artificial ones. Dental implants provide support for your replacement teeth. The process is performed in stages and may require …

February 14, 2020

A Dentist Explains Why You Should Stop Chewing Ice

When you visit the dentist, you will probably get suggestions on which habits to adopt or avoid. Chewing ice is one of those habits we cultivate unintentionally. Everyone has perhaps crunched through an ice cube …