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By The Dental Spa
October 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Once you get your braces you obviously want to do whatever you possibly can to keep them free of damage. Since damaged braces will bracesprevent them from working, it’s important that you take proper precautions for the health of your smile and your braces. Our Woodbridge, VA dentist, Dr. Marv Thomas, is here to tell you it’s important that you know how to care for your braces if you want to maintain a healthy smile throughout your orthodontic treatment.

Your Oral Routine

If you’ve never really valued the importance of brushing and flossing, it’s time you did now that you have braces. Now it’s even more important that you care for your teeth and gums the right way to prevent decay or gum disease from affecting your smile. After all, with wires and brackets to try and maneuver around it’s now easier to miss plaque and food particles that are trapped between teeth.

As our Woodbridge general dentist has probably already mentioned, it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day but better to brush after every meal so food is less likely to be trapped between braces throughout the day.

Flossing is also crucial, as it’s the best way to remove plaque and food stuck between teeth. While flossing may seem nearly impossible with traditional braces, opt for threader floss, which is ideal for braces wearers who need to get around braces to clean in between teeth.

Your Diet

We will also provide you with a list of foods that you’ll want to stay away from throughout your dental treatment. Any foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy should be off limits. This includes things like gum, popcorn, pretzels or gummy bears. And if you are a nail biter or pen chewer, these habits are ones you will want to break before you break your braces.

Keeping Braces Damage-Free

Besides following the tips mentioned above, if you are playing a sport you may be worried about the safety of your braces. Fortunately, you’ll be happy to hear that you can continue to play sports throughout your orthodontic treatment but you have to take safety precautions. You should always wear a mouth guard to prevent damage during a game or even practice. A custom-made mouth guard from your dentist is often the best option for protecting your teeth.

The Dental Spa is happy to provide not only braces but also a comprehensive list of dental services to the Woodbridge, VA area. Whether you want to find out which braces are right for you or you have questions about the braces you have now, it’s never too late to turn to our dental professionals.

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