Let’s be honest, although braces are amazing, the sooner you get them off and get your smile back, the happier you will be. Until then, you’ll want to know how to take care of your braces so you can get them off even faster.
Below, we’ve put together 5 tips for how to go about doing that.
1. How to Take Care of Braces: Always Remember to Brush!
Now that you’ve got brackets attached to your teeth, cavities have a tendency to form much easier without regular brushing.
To combat this, make sure to brush gently twice a day for 2 minutes at a time. If you can, brushing after meals like lunch and larger snacks is also a good idea.
2. Flossing Is Even More Important
Flossing is often the least popular oral care activity, but it’s crucial to do now that you have braces.
Because your brushing effectiveness is hampered by the addition of braces. Normally, you would be able to reach most places for brushing making flossing, while important, less essential.
However, now that you have braces, food can more easily get stuck in your teeth and stay there. Therefore, flossing needs to be done once a day.
Flossing can be a little tricky with braces though. We put together a guide on how to floss with braces to make it easier to do in whatever way works best for you.
3. Be Selective About the Foods You Eat
Sticky foods, in particular, can easily damage or shift your braces.
Foods that can easily get stuck or sit in your teeth or crunchy foods like popcorn and chips should also be avoided since they can be some of the most common causes of cavities.
4. Press Pause on Pop and Sports Drinks
For many of the same reasons we just mentioned about eating foods, sugary drinks are also a no-no when you have braces. The acidic nature of these drinks can give you a one-way trip for bacteria to eat away at your teeth.
If that’s all that’s available to drink, then make sure to swish and rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth right after having some.
5. There’s No Better Time to Stop Bad Habits
Specifically, the bad habits around biting or chewing things. This includes biting your nails, chewing on pencils or pen lids, or any other kind of chewing or biting of other objects. All of these habits are hard on your teeth and will only lengthen the amount of time you have your braces on for.
While taking care of your braces can eat into your day a little more with the additional care required, it pays off in the long run. You’ll be able to get the best version of your smile even sooner and get your braces off that much faster.