Self-care is essential during orthodontic treatments. While your orthodontist will keep an eye on how the treatment is progressing, you are responsible for everyday care. At Unionville Orthodontics, we provide detailed instructions on self-care to ensure our orthodontic treatments are successful and your teeth remain healthy. Here are a few things you should keep in mind:
You need to brush and floss according to the instructions provided by our orthodontists. This ensures food particles don’t get stuck in the braces and minimizes the risk of infection. Patients should brush their teeth carefully after every meal and before going to bed to remove all debris. It is easy for patients to develop plaque around the brace, which can leave a white residue even after the braces are removed. Patients should continue to see their regular dentist throughout treatment and often more frequently to remove the buildup if they are unable to maintain proper dental hygiene.
It is important to avoid certain kinds of foods during the orthodontic treatment. Sticky food can cling to the braces, and hard food can exert damaging pressure on your teeth. Avoiding them can help with clean-up and reduce discomfort.
-The Unionville Orthodontics Team