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It’s a common question asked by parents and kids alike (probably mostly parents): “How do you maintain healthy teeth while braces are on?” Braces themselves actually improve your oral health significantly. By straightening teeth, your braces prevent too much pressure on certain teeth and parts of your jaw. Without this, you or your child may experience bone loss, pain in teeth or the jaw, headaches, or even tooth loss.

Having straight teeth also makes it significantly easier for you to clean your teeth, allowing you to reach areas through brushing or flossing that you weren’t able to reach before. So, there’s no doubt about it, choosing to get braces is a healthy decision for anyone with misaligned teeth and you’re sure to see the benefits immediately after having your braces taken off. However, you’re probably here to learn more about what you can do while your braces are on to have the healthiest pearly whites as possible once the braces are removed. Keep reading to learn more.

Follow instructions

Your first step in maintaining healthy teeth while you have braces on is first and foremost to follow the instructions you were given by your orthodontist. This may seem like a simple task, but you’d be surprised how many people either don’t remember what their orthodontist said about maintaining their teeth, or they choose not to acknowledge it. Instead, choosing to follow their own routines that work best for them. The problem with this is that the way you care for your teeth may be completely different depending on the type of braces you have or what your current health conditions are.

For example, the way you care for your teeth while using Invisalign will be completely different than the way you care for your teeth while wearing traditional or incognito braces because you won’t have to deal with brackets and wires being in the way.

Change your diet

Everyone comes to the realization after getting their braces on that they won’t be able to keep the same diet that they had while they didn’t have braces. You won’t be able to eat chewy food because it could pull a bracket off or make your teeth sore. Hard foods like apples need to be chopped into smaller pieces in order to eat them. However, maintaining healthy teeth while you have braces isn’t just about the texture of the food, it’s also about the content. If you want healthy teeth when your braces are removed, you’ll need to cut down on sugary and acidic foods. Since it’s more difficult to clean your teeth with braces on, cutting back on these foods will ensure that you don’t get any cavities or experience any other complications while you have your braces on, in addition to having white and stain-free teeth the moment you get them off.

Don’t forget flossing

Just because you have braces on doesn’t mean flossing is any less important. If anything, it’s more important! Obviously, you won’t be able to use all types of floss while you have traditional braces on such as mini floss picks. However, waxed floss will work wonders for anyone with braces and the more you practice with it, the easier it will be. If you have a young child who just got braces on, make sure you help them floss the first couple of times to ensure they’re getting between every tooth and cleaning thoroughly enough.

Ask about AcceleDent

It is possible to maintain perfectly healthy teeth while you have braces on, as long as you keep up with your cleaning regime and make time to keep your teeth looking and feeling healthy. However, it never hurts to accelerate the orthodontic process, especially if it can reduce a lot of the discomfort that comes along with wearing braces. At Camilo Riano Orthodontics, we offer a treatment program called AcceleDent. AcceleDent is a simple device used to increase the rate of tooth movement in your mouth. It’s a class II FDA-approved device that uses cyclic forces and soft pulse technology to increase the rate of movement of your teeth by 50 percent. The device works with patients who have traditional metal brackets, Invisalign and clear braces. It’s also non-invasive, meaning no surgical procedure is necessary to gain the benefits of it; all it takes is 20 minutes each day.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics

At Camilo Riano orthodontics, we want to make getting braces as simple and painless as possible. Since braces are an important aspect of oral health, we don’t want you to ever feel like it’s too much trouble for what it’s worth. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with us. If you’d like to learn more about maintaining healthy teeth while you have braces on, be sure to read part two of this blog series.