Navigating dental care with braces

Embarking on the journey to a straighter smile is exciting, but proper care is crucial, especially with braces. With all those brackets and wires, it can be easy for bacteria to grow and cause dental problems. 

Here’s a quick guide to keeping your teeth healthy and vibrant while wearing braces. 

Brushing Basics 

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and angle it at 45 degrees against the gums. 
  • Brush each tooth meticulously, paying attention to brackets and wires. 

Flossing With Care 

  • Utilize orthodontic floss threaders or braces-friendly floss. 
  • Thread carefully under the wire to clean between each tooth effectively. 

Mindful Eating 

  • Avoid hard and sticky foods to prevent damage to braces. 
  • Opt for softer alternatives and cut food into bite-sized pieces. 

Regular Check-ups 

  • Schedule routine dental check-ups for professional monitoring and cleaning. 
  • Visit your orthodontist regularly and let them know as soon as you encounter problems such as broken wires. Keep orthodontic wax with you at all times in case of emergency issues.  

Stay Hydrated and Choose Smart Snacks 

  • Water helps rinse away particles and bacteria that may get trapped between brackets and wires. 
  • Opt for tooth-friendly snacks like fruits, vegetables, and dairy. It is still important that you strengthen your smile  

A beautiful, confident smile requires dedication. By following these tips, you’ll not only maintain excellent oral health but also ensure the success of your orthodontic treatment. A healthy foundation is the key to a stunning, lasting smile.  

Schedule an appointment with Jackson Dental today by calling (573) 243-5200 or stopping by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo.