The Proper Hygiene to Take Care of Your Teeth

Orthodontics in Atlanta and Marietta, GASometimes braces can feel like an extra hassle. However, you know the results are worth it. To get to those results, though, you need to take care of your teeth throughout the whole process. Making sure you use proper hygiene can help you get to your beautiful smile easier and faster.

 

Brushing habits

One of the most important factors in oral hygiene is brushing your teeth. People tend to only think about brushing their teeth when they wake up and before they go to bed and maybe after lunch, but this may not enough. When you have braces, you need to brush your teeth more often so that plaque does not build up. The easiest way to form a healthy brushing habit is to brush your teeth after every meal. With retainers, make sure they get ample brushing as well. Brush them at least twice a day.

 

Rinsing

If you are unable to brush, then rinse. Simply rinsing with water can help flush food particles out of your mouth.

 

Ways to keep breath smelling fresh

Bad breath is never fun, and it can be particularly bad when you have braces trapping food and consequently its after-smells in your mouth. Here are some ways to keep your breath smelling fresh:

  • Make sure you brush regularly. Keeping your teeth clean helps take out the smell at its source.
  • Flossing is also a major key in removing those hard to get particles leftover from your meals. If you can’t brush your teeth at the moment, at least rinse your mouth out to get rid of looser particles.
  • Keep your tongue clean. People often forget to brush their tongues, but they can be equal if not worse offenders when it comes to holding bad odors in.
  • Avoid stinky foods. Garlic and onion sit in your mouth and marinate into one bad odor if you aren’t careful.

 

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Marc S. Wright in Atlanta and Marietta, GA at (404) 507-2078.

 

 

Eating With Braces: Do’s and Don’ts

Braces in Atlanta and Marietta, GABraces can sometimes feel restricting. Who wouldn’t feel a little held back with metal in their mouth? However, that beautiful smile you know you will get to show everyone makes it all worth it. In order to get to that smile the fastest and easiest way possible, it’s necessary to take care when it comes to what foods you eat or don’t eat. This may sound like just another thing to keep track of in your or your child’s life, but in the end it can save you from doing damage to your braces, which would have kept you from that smile even longer.

What can’t you eat?

When it comes to what to eat with braces, it’s much easier to figure out what to avoid. The list is not that long! The main thing to keep in mind is that if you find yourself wondering if a food is okay to eat with braces, you probably should not eat it. Better safe than sorry definitely applies here. To give yourself a general idea of what not to eat, follow these guidelines:

No sticky or chewy food: as tempting as they are, a lot of candies are off limits. Stay away from things with caramel and gummy textures. Gum is a BIG no!

No hard food: hard candies and nuts, for example, can do a lot of damage to thin wires.

No biting into tough food: apples, carrots, and corn on the cob will tear up your braces. We don’t want any dislodged metal in that mouth! You may still have these foods by substituting them with applesauce, steamed carrots, and corn that has been cut off the cob.

No crunchy food: popcorn is your worst nightmare when it comes to braces. Avoid it and other crunchy food like chips or ice.

How to take care of your braces post-meal

It’s always important to make sure your teeth stay clean after you eat, but with braces it is particularly important and a little more difficult. Make sure that you brush and floss your teeth after you eat to keep scraps out of the nooks and crannies of your braces. Flossing may seem difficult with all those wires, but it will get easier with time. Without proper cleaning, your teeth can end up damaged if food sits on them, unmoved.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Marc S. Wright at (404) 507-2078 with locations in Atlanta and Marietta, GA.