A patient's guide to caring for braces

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A patient's guide to caring for braces

  1. 1. A PATIENT’S GUIDE TOCARING FOR BRACES
  2. 2. Introduction cont…Whether you’re excited about getting braces, think it’skind of cool or are dreading the process altogether, it’simportant that you care for your braces properly oncethey are in your mouth.
  3. 3. Introduction cont…Getting braces is an orthodontic procedure that manypeople have to help them straighten out their smile or fill inunwanted spaces. Most patients are somewhere in theteen years when they first get orthodontic braces put in,but seeing adults with braces isn’t too uncommon.Follow this guide to keep your braces clean and your teethhealthy.
  4. 4. Flossing and BrushingJust because you have braces doesn’t mean you don’thave to brush and floss. In fact, they may be evenmore important. Here are some tips for flossing: Slide the floss into the space between the upper partof your tooth and the main arch wire of the braces. Use a light sawing motion to scrape the floss acrosseach side of the two teeth it is between. Continue like this until you’ve run the floss over eachtooth. Be gentle when maneuvering the floss through andaround the arch wire.
  5. 5. Flossing and Brushing cont…For brushing: Use a regular soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush with strokes going up from the bottom and then down from the top on each tooth that has braces. Use a specialized brush designed for orthodontic braces and clean between braces. Use several strokes in each direction until the space between the braces seems clean.
  6. 6. Inspect AfterwardsAfter you have finished your flossing and brushingroutine, take the time to inspect your work. It may seemtime consuming, but the last thing you want is food toget lodged between braces or under wires and end upcausing you problems.Take a look at both the upper and lower teeth, and redoany parts that you’ve missed.
  7. 7. Modify Your DietMost orthodontic braces consist of wires and bands,and if you continue to eat certain foods once they’re inyou risk breaking or damaging the braces. Avoid hardfoods like hard candies, cookies or nuts and trychopping harder produce like apples and carrots intosmaller pieces.Stay away from sticky foods like toffee and caramel andstop chewing gum while you have braces. With otherfoods, just use your discretion and err on the side ofcaution if you’re unsure.
  8. 8. Playing SportsFor athletes and sports lovers, it would be cruel andunusual punishment to say you had to refrain fromsports if you have braces. Luckily, you can keepplaying all your sports while the braces are in, just usecaution where necessary.If you play a sport where being hit in the mouth is apossibility, you can have a specially designedmouthguard made to accommodate your braces.
  9. 9. Retainer CareIf you don’t have the full, permanent braces but have anorthodontic retainer instead you should brush theretainer each time you brush your teeth.It’s also wise to soak your retainer in a brand namedenture cleaner at least once per week. Make sure yourinse the retainer off thoroughly with clean water beforeyou put it back into your mouth.
  10. 10. TroubleshootingIf you encounter problems with your braces it’s always agood idea to call your orthodontist for repairs. However,if it’s the weekend or you have to wait to see him, hereare some troubleshooting tips: Use a small piece of orthodontic wax to reattach loosebrackets. Use the eraser end of a pencil to move a protrudingwire to a different location. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water if a brokenwire cuts he inside of your mouth or cheek. Save any broken pieces you can’t reattach and bringthem to your orthodontist appointment.
  11. 11. Referenceshttp://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/care-of-braces-retainersWebMDhttp://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Cosmetic-Dentistry/Orthodontics/Orthodontic-Care/article/Protecting-Your-Healthy-Smile-while-Wearing-Braces.cvspColgate.com

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