Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that looks at how to evaluate, diagnose, and fix problems with teeth and faces. If you or someone you care about is thinking about getting orthodontic treatment, it’s important to learn the rules and guidelines that will help make sure the treatment goes well. This blog post will talk about some important tips for getting orthodontic treatment, like braces or Invisalign.
How to Use Invisalign Brackets
The most common type of orthodontic treatment is brackets and wires, which slowly move teeth into their right places. If you have braces on your teeth, please read these instructions carefully:
If you want to avoid gum disease and tooth decay while you have braces, you must brush and floss your teeth every day. At least twice a day, you should brush your teeth, and once a day, you should use dental floss to remove food particles and plaque that might build up around your braces.
Avoid foods that are too hard, sticky, or chewy because they could break your braces and make your treatment take longer. Gum, popcorn, and hard candies are not good choices.
Instructions for your New Braces at Home
- Soreness can be relieved by rinsing the mouth with warm water & salt and mouthwash.
- Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse vigorously.
- Soreness should end by the third or fourth day.
- Teeth may feel loose during treatment. This is expected and normal.
- Teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new positions.
- Brush your teeth more regularly than normal (after every meal) as there is no room for any carelessness during orthodontic treatment.
- Use circular, vibrating motions around the gum line 10 seconds on each tooth. Brush slowly; each arches separately, every tooth.
- Be careful when eating, not to break your orthodontic appliances.
- For the first few days, soft foods are more appropriate.
- Food should be cut into small pieces, and chewing should be done with the back teeth.
- NEVER bite into anything with your front teeth – your braces will break off: such as, apples, pears, corn on the cob, chicken wings, and any meat on the bone.
- Hard foods are off limits or must be cut up in small pieces and chewed with your back teeth: such as, hard cookies, pizza crust, hard breads, hard pretzels, bagels, hard candies, frozen snacks, ice cubes and raw vegetables.
- Chewy, sticky candies are OFF LIMITS. There are absolutely no exceptions.
- Do not chew on pens, pen caps, pencils, straws or fingernails.