Taking Care Of Your Braces

brace_careWearing braces has its rewards. The teeth will be straight, and the overall appearance of the mouth can increase self-esteem. However, there are some things to remember when it comes to caring for braces.

Flossing and Brushing
It is very important to floss with braces because food particles can get stuck between the brackets and the wires. Decay can begin if the food is not removed, and stains can occur on the teeth. The metal in the braces also has the potential to react with certain foods, causing light spots to form on the teeth. If the teeth are not brushed after every meal, or at least twice a day, then the spots could remain on the teeth after the braces are removed.

Foods Not To Eat
Unfortunately, there are some foods that should be avoided. Sodas and foods that have a high sugar content are at the top of the list. These cause decay to form at a faster rate, and with the braces, it is harder to get the sugar content off the teeth and away from the gum line. Sticky foods should also be avoided because the food can get wrapped around a bracket and break a bracket. These foods include gum, taffy and caramel. Hard foods can also break the brackets and wires on the braces. Cut items like carrots and apples into small pieces so that the front brackets do not get damaged as easily.

Keep Appointments
Most orthodontist will require a monthly visit to check the teeth. The ends of the wires might be cut so that the braces can be tightened. This is what straightens the teeth. The bands around the brackets will also be changed to a different color. Any additions, like rubber bands, will be made at monthly appointments. A San Antonio braces office can give more information about what a typical visit would be like.

My Braces
When I got braces in eighth grade, I thought that it was the best thing in the world. My teeth were very crooked, and I knew that when the braces were removed, they would be almost perfect. I looked forward to choosing two colors for my brackets each time I went to the orthodontist. The only thing that I did not like through the entire process were the molds that were taken before and after the braces were placed. I had rubber bands that helped to straighten my teeth. When the wires were cut, I used small pieces of wax so that the ends did not cut my gums. By not eating as many sweets and as much junk food, I was able to lose weight, which made me feel better about myself as well.

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