The maintenance of orthodontic braces is vital to ensure that your braces can continue to do their job of fixing your misalignments. Braces are not designed to keep your teeth safe from bacteria and decay, so it is essential to continue to practice oral health hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing daily. When brushing, use small, gentle movements to avoid damaging your braces. Flossing may prove to be too difficult in some places, so an added level of care may be required, often in the form of a supplemental cleaning product such as a mouthwash.
Be sure to clean your braces daily as you would naturally with your teeth. This includes brushing and flossing them and cleaning your retainer as needed. If you cannot floss easily, switch to a water flosser or similar dental tool. For further care, always make the time to attend your regularly scheduled orthodontic appointments.
Protect your braces as you would your normal teeth from hazards that seek to disrupt your natural smile. This includes oral accidents and injuries resulting from contact sports and high-risk activities. If you participate in these types of activities, always wear a mouth guard or appropriate safety equipment to keep your smile safe.
If you would like to schedule your orthodontic treatments at Ricci Orthodontics or would like a comprehensive oral exam from Dr. Steven Ricci and our team at our orthodontic office, please give us a call at 678-417-9848. We are here to be the orthodontist you require in Johns Creek, Georgia. It’s never too late to enhance your smile!