If you’ve just started to wear braces or use the Invisalign system, your orthodontist has already told you that you will have to work especially hard to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy during this time. It’s important, because poor oral care can lead to problems with tooth decay, which can prolong the time you’ll require orthodontic care.
Here are some of the things that we explain to our patients about making sure that their teeth remain in great condition during the time they are being positioned.
Make the Right Choices for Great Oral Care
- Watch What You Eat. Of course, you should choose your food carefully every day for optimal health. However, it’s even more important when you are wearing braces. That’s because you must avoid hard, sticky foods like candy and taffy, chewy foods like bagels, and crunchy foods like nacho chips to avoid damaging your braces. If you’re using Invisalign, then you can remove your aligners while you are eating, but you should still consume less sugary foods and beverages to keep your teeth clean.
- Brush and Floss Regularly. If can be difficult to reach every little area when you’re brushing and flossing with braces, let alone with them. Make sure that you understand how to get all food particles off of teeth and metal when you’re wearing braces. The orthodontist staff will show you, so ask them questions if you aren’t sure! Invisalign users simply remove the aligners to brush and floss, but they should still continue to brush and floss after each time they eat. Also continue to see your family dentist every six months for professional cleanings.
- Visit Your Orthodontist. The orthodontist adjusts braces every 4-6 weeks throughout the entire time the braces are on, and then will adjust the retainer that you wear following your braces. These adjustments help to properly position your teeth, and so you must attend all of your appointments. If you start missing them, it will take longer to get your teeth straightened. With Invisalign, you’ll visit the orthodontist fewer times for checkups because you will change your aligners every two weeks yourself. However, it’s still important to visit your orthodontist regularly no matter what type of device you have.
Whether you are using Invisalign or braces, you should follow your orthodontist’s and your general dentist’s instructions on how to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. It not only affects your smile, but your overall health too! Gutiérrez Orthodontics is Tampa’s leading Invisalign provider and can answer all of your questions about the Invisalign System or about traditional braces.