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Caring For Teeth with Braces

If you want straight teeth, braces are one of the most popular ways to go!  Braces usually get put on with patients that are between the ages of 12 to 15—they correct crooked or overcrowded teeth.

Straight teeth and an attractive smile will improve dental function and improve a person’s overall health.

Here are some common questions with answers about staying comfortable and healthy while wearing braces!

Why is having good oral hygiene with braces so important?

Food gets trapped in the tiny spaces between all the brackets and wires.  This causes decay and enamel staining.  Plaque will begin to build up and the food will react with bacteria in the mouth.  The metal in the braces produces a bleaching effect, which can cause small, permanent light spots on the teeth.

How do you clean teeth and braces?

Brushing should take place after every meal and it is best to use a floss threader or orthodontic floss at least once a day to clean between the teeth and under the wires.  Check your teeth often in the mirror and ensure all food particles are gone.  If you are in a place with no toothbrush, rinse your mouth vigorously with water.  Alabama Clear Braces Daphne

How do braces feel?

The wires on the braces are what help move the teeth into position.  They are tightened at each visit.  When they are tightened, this will cause pressure on the teeth and some discomfort.  The best thing you can do is to eat soft foods and take pain relievers.  Braces can rub against the inside of the lips.  If this occurs, wax can be placed on the wires to keep them from chafing.  Alabama Clear Braces Daphne