There are more than a few compelling reasons that more and more people, of all ages, in Ireland are opting for braces. Due to this influx of patients, many dentists and orthodontists are publishing information outlining how to properly care for the teeth while the braces are in place.
Unfortunately, there isn’t as much information about what to do once your braces are removed. Don’t worry, the information here is designed to solve that specific problem.
Keep reading to learn the proper way to care for your teeth after braces.
The Importance of Taking Care of Your Teeth After Braces
Before diving into what to do, you need to learn more about why this care is so important. There are two main challenges people face when their braces come off:
- The teeth don’t remain straight
- There are plaque build-up and tooth stains where the brackets were
The good news is, a dentist can help with these issues. There are other things you can do at home, as well.
Schedule a Professional Exam and Cleaning
After having braces, you are well aware of how challenging it can be to keep your teeth clean. Now that they are off, it’s a good idea to schedule an exam and thorough, professional cleaning.
While at the dentist’s office, consider a whitening treatment, too. This can help get rid of any stains or yellowing that may be present.
Wear Your Retainer
While no one really likes retainers, there’s a good reason your orthodontist gives you this and tells you to wear it. Your teeth are naturally inclined to move back to their original position.
In fact, the biggest risk of this happening is within the first few weeks after you have gotten your braces off. The retainer is going to keep your teeth where they are supposed to be.
Adopt a Thorough Oral Health Care Routine at Home
Braces are a big investment. Now that they are off, it’s important to follow a good daily dental regiment. This can help you keep the beautiful and healthy smile you worked so hard to get.
Some of the things you need to do each day include:
Brush Your Teeth
You should plan to brush your teeth at least two times a day using a soft bristled brush. Also, replace your toothbrush every three or four months.
If you don’t know, learn how to properly brush your teeth too.
Floss Once a Day
By flossing one time a day, you can remove food particles and plaque that your toothbrush can’t reach. Be sure you are flossing each space in between your teeth.
This is optional; however, if your teeth need a bit more protection than just brushing and flossing, speak to your dentist about the right mouthwash options for your needs. This also gives you nice, fresh breath.
Clean Your Retainers
This needs to be a part of your daily routine. After it becomes a habit, it won’t feel so much like a chore.
Keep Your Beautiful Smile After Braces
By using the tips and information here to care for your teeth after braces, you can feel confident the beautiful smile you worked so hard to get won’t be lost.
If you need more help or information about caring for your teeth or if you are interested in getting braces, contact us today. We can help with any oral health need you may have.
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