Life With Braces

Braces

Braces are an amazing tool that allows you to achieve the smile of your dreams. Just like with any tool, one must make sure to maintain them properly to obtain the best results. One of the challenges braces can pose is maintaining your oral hygiene. Food and plaque tend to get trapped in the braces, making it even more important for you to place increased focus on keeping them clean at all times to avoid the onset of cavities and decay.

Brushing & Flossing

The following are the best ways to ensure proper home oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment:

Brush your teeth multiple times a day, paying particular attention to removing any food which might have gotten stuck on your braces.

Use a Proxabrush to gain access and clean under your wires and all the little crevices which a normal toothbrush cannot access.

Use a floss threader to aid with the use of dental floss. Insert the floss into the threader’s loop and then slide the threader under your wire, pull the floss out of the threader and floss as you normally would.

Use a Waterpik to aid with removing food particles which might have gotten trapped in your braces.

Use a fluoridated mouth rinse after brushing and flossing your teeth.

Common Problems

Cavities and gum disease: The presence of braces in your mouth makes it naturally more difficult to remove dental plaque and maintain your teeth clean. This can increase the risk of developing dental cavities and/or gum disease. Therefore, increasing the attention placed on your oral health is of great importance during your orthodontic treatment. We always recommend you get a professional cleaning with the hygienist every 4 to 6 months as well as a check-up with your general dentist to make sure to prevent and/or catch in time any issues which might arise. At embrace orthodontics, not only do we want you to have beautiful, straight teeth, we want you to have healthy teeth as well!

Teeth staining: It is possible that over time your teeth might start appearing a little less white due to food and plaque getting stuck around your braces. Should this happen, we recommend that once your orthodontic treatment is complete you consult with your dentist about getting a professional teeth whitening to restore and enhance the natural white color of your teeth for a stunning final result!

Bad breath: Halitosis, also known as bad breath, can occur when food gets stuck around your braces, in the presence of cavities or insufficient oral hygiene. We recommend that you get a professional cleaning done 2 to 3 times a year to help prevent this from happening. A tongue scrapper is also a great aid in helping prevent bad breath since a lot of bacteria which contribute to bad breath tend to naturally accumulate on our tongues.

Teeth demineralization: This can appear as white spots on your teeth and at times cause teeth sensitivity. This will usually occur if insufficient oral hygiene is present, if one’s diet is high in acidic foods and drinks, or if one suffers from acid reflux. This can result in permanent teeth scarring around the braces, caused by the dental plaque surrounding them. Good oral hygiene and the use of fluoridated toothpastes and mouth rinses can help prevent this from happening.

Emergencies

In case of emergency, text messages are always preferable for a faster response: (816)490-7330

Loose braces/bracket: It is possible that at some point in your orthodontic treatment with braces, a bracket (the little metal parts that are glued to each one of your teeth) may come loose and cause discomfort to your lips and cheeks. Should this happen, reach out to us and we will guide you on what to do. A simple way to reduce the discomfort is using a special mouth wax you can apply onto the loose bracket. All our patients who receive braces are given a free wax kit so that you may always have it handy should this occur.

Loose or broken wire: A broken wire can be a source of discomfort due to it poking against your cheeks or other areas in your mouth. We recommend that you apply some of the supplied wax onto the tip of the broken wire and reach out to us for further guidance.

Broken chain-elastic: Due to the nature of the material, it is possible for a chain-elastic to tear at some point during your treatment. Should this happen, we will make sure to replace it at your next appointment

Loose band or spacers: Bands and spacers can come loose over time due to eating and chewing. Let us know if this happens so that we may secure them back in their place.

DIY: No matter the problem you may be experiencing with your orthodontic appliances, we do not recommend that you try and “fix” the problem yourself. This can cause you bodily harm and negatively impact your orthodontic treatment. We are always just a phone call or text message away, always happy to help you with the issue you may be experiencing.

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