Orthodontic treatment is an effective way to straighten and improve teeth that are misaligned. But whether you choose traditional braces or invisible aligners such as ClearCorrect®, good oral care during and after your course of treatment is vital for achieving great results.
Caring for Braces
For the first few days after your orthodontic treatment begins you may experience some discomfort. For instance, your teeth may feel more sensitive than usual, and you may experience soreness in your lips and cheeks as you get used to wearing braces. You may also find that it’s difficult to eat for the first week or so, but these issues should last only a week or so.
Over the course of your orthodontic treatment, you’ll typically visit your dentist every 4 to 6 weeks. During these appointments, your dentist will check your progress and if necessary adjust your braces to ensure your teeth are being straightened correctly.
While wearing braces, it’s important to maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing 3 to 4 times a day and following up with mouthwash each time. Flossing at least once a day is also recommended. Paying strict attention to oral care is vital because it’s easy for food particles to get trapped in braces, which leads to tooth decay.
Avoiding foods that are very tough, sticky, or gummy should also be avoided, as they are difficult to clean off. Biting and chewing these foods can also damage your braces and impact your treatment plan.
One of the reasons that clear aligners are so popular is that they’re easy to care for. To take good care of your oral health and your aligners, the following are important:
- Remove aligners before drinking hot beverages and eating. Most dentists will recommend that you cut out all liquids besides water, which will make caring for your braces much easier.
- After eating, brush your teeth before putting your aligners back on.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Clean the aligners every day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush (not the one you clean your teeth with), and then rinse with warm water.
- Make sure your aligners are stored safely and out of reach of children and pets when you’re not wearing them.
Maintaining Your New Smile
Once orthodontic treatment is complete, your teeth are still at risk of slowly shifting back into their original positions. To prevent this from occurring, you’ll be offered a retainer, a dental device that’s customized to your new teeth alignment and typically worn at night. Wearing the retainer ensures teeth stay in their new alignment.
Interested in Orthodontic Treatment?
Straightening your teeth can make a huge improvement in your smile and health, and make you feel more confident about your appearance. To learn more about your orthodontic options in Cleveland, TX, contact our team at A2Z Dental & Braces today!