Fastbraces® and Oral Hygiene
Practicing good oral hygiene is important for everyone, but becomes even more crucial while wearing braces. If you are wearing Fastbraces®, maintaining a healthy oral cavity should be a top priority. Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully to ensure you not only have a straight smile, but a healthy one as well.
The brackets and wires of Fastbraces® create new spaces in which food can become trapped. It is important to clean your Fastbraces properly after each meal. When food is left between the braces and the teeth, it can permanently stain your enamel. Eventually, left behind food particles can lead to tooth decay. Spotting can also result from poor oral hygiene. When particles are left behind, they can sometimes react with the metal in the braces, and the natural bacteria in your mouth, causing a bleach-like effect that can leave permanent spots on the teeth. Another potential problem that can result from improper oral hygiene is the decalcification of the teeth.
Brushing and flossing are a crucial component of oral hygiene, and the results are well worth the effort. Special floss for braces can be purchased at the local pharmacy or provided to you by your dentist. Brushing after each meal and flossing daily is ideal, but at least twice each day is the minimum recommendation. If a toothbrush is not available after a meal, rinsing out your mouth with water will help eliminate some of the food particles until the teeth can be properly brushed.
There are certain foods that should be avoided during the treatment period. Sodas and most sweets promote tooth decay, and sticky or chewy foods can be difficult to clean. Most hard foods that could break wires should also be avoided, such as nuts. While wearing braces, slicing up hard fruits and vegetables, such as carrots or apples, before eating will ease the impact on the teeth and help avoid breaking wires.
One benefit of wearing Fastbraces® is that they have a shorter treatment time compared to traditional braces. This can reduce the likelihood of tooth decay, staining and spotting by lessening the amount of time food and plaque can build up between the hardware.
For effective, comfortable and safe treatment, choose Fastbraces®. Call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment with Dr. VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care, certified Fastbraces® provider.
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