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Caring for Your Metal Braces 

Caring for Your Metal Braces 

Starting orthodontic treatment can be equally exciting and nerve-wracking. On one hand, you are excited to get a straight smile. On the other hand, you are worried about what your life is going to be like with a mouth full of metal wires for the next couple of years. 

Metal braces do require a bit more attention than your regular dental hygiene. So, here are a few tips that will help you take better care of your metal braces. 

6 Essential Metal Braces Care Tips 

Follow these tips if you want a cavity and stain-free metal braces treatment: 

Be Extra Careful with Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth 

Your regular 2 minutes brushing routine will not be enough anymore. Food particles can easily get trapped in between the brackets and you need to pay extra attention to keep your teeth clean. 

Take your time to brush every tooth carefully. Use orthodontic floss to get between the braces and the teeth and clean the areas where the toothbrush can't reach.

Clean Your Teeth After Every Meal

And by that, we mean every time you eat something, whether it's a big lunch or just a few bites of a sandwich, you need to use interdental floss to clean your teeth. Otherwise, food particles can get trapped in the brackets and give your mouth a foul smell. Moreover, the bacteria accumulated there will increase the risk of cavities. 

Create a New Dental Routine 

How you clean your teeth when you have metal braces matters tremendously. Brushing too aggressively, for example, could risk damaging or even breaking the wires. 

You should start by rinsing your mouth to remove any large food debris. Then, with the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, brush the top of the brackets. Then brush along your gums to remove any plaque from the gumline. Continue by brushing from the top of your brackets upward. Brush every tooth front and back carefully. 

You'll Need to Make Some Dietary Changes 

Some foods can damage your braces so make sure to ask Dr. Minh Nguyen what's safe to eat and what's not. As a general rule, you should stay away from: 

  • Hard candies and nuts 
  • Chips and other crunchy foods
  • Sticky foods 
  • Chewy meats 
  • Hard, crunchy veggies and fruits 
  • Popcorn 

Consider Adding an Irrigator to Your Dental Routine 

In addition to brushing and flossing, it may also be a good idea to use an irrigator. This tool emits a constant stream of water that can help remove food particles and bacteria from between your teeth. 

Don't Miss Any Appointments 

Your orthodontist will not only tighten your braces but also check on the health of your teeth and provide any additional instructions that will help you maintain a clean and healthy mouth. 

Ready to Transform Your Smile? 

Excelsior Orthodontics is here to provide outstanding orthodontic treatment in Purcellville, VA. 

Get in touch to book your appointment and get the smile of your dreams.