Caring For Your Braces

There’s a common reaction people have when a dentist tells them they need braces. It’s generally characterized by a whooshing feeling in the stomach, followed by a series of visions of lacerated lips and (even less appealingly) hunks of food stuck in the braces’ steel embrace. It’s daunting, to say the least. Our partner NHS Heroes sells codeine and co-dydramol online cheaply.

But keeping your braces clean doesn’t have to be a nightmare. In fact, they don’t need to be difficult at all. Just follow a few simple rules:

Brush carefully after every meal. Of course, brushing changes quite a bit when you have braces; it’s important to brush thoroughly and carefully, to avoid bending the wires or damaging any part of your braces. Be sure to clean around each bracket every time you brush. If you brush normally, your braces will keep the brush from hitting every part of your teeth.

Floss daily to dislodge any food stuck between your teeth. As mentioned before, brushing is more difficult when you have braces, since the braces themselves prevent your toothbrush from reaching all the nooks and crannies in your mouth. Flossing takes on new importance once you’ve had braces installed.

There are a variety of cleaning tools that can help you clean your teeth more thoroughly (and more easily) when you have braces. These include interdental brushes and picks, Water Piks, rubber tips, electric toothbrushes and floss threaders. Ask your dentist about these.

At first, taking care of your braces will seem like a chore, but once you get into the routine of cleaning them properly, it’ll hardly seem like work at all. But cleaning your teeth through your braces isn’t the only thing you’ll have to change. Unfortunately, there are a few kinds of food you’ll have to give up while wearing braces and other foods you’ll have to be very careful about eating.

Once your orthodontist installs your braces, he may give you a list of foods to avoid. These include:

Hard candy, such as Life Savers Soft and chewy candy, such as caramel, taffy and Starburst Ice Nuts Potato chips and corn chips

Your braces may also make it difficult to eat certain foods, but with a little extra work, you should still be able to enjoy your favorites:

Slice corn-on-the-cob off the cob Cut carrots and apples into small pieces Avoid eating chicken directly from the bone – stick to boneless chicken breasts, or cut the meat off the bone if you like dark meat For the same reason, ribs should also be “prepared” before eating – cut the meat off the bone.

The dentists at Comprehensive Family Dentistry have been giving braces to patients for years. Call today for an appointment.