Wearing braces brings on unique challenges, quite apart from the patience required as your bite is corrected over a period of time. Good dental hygiene is quite unlike what you were accustomed. With clear braces from Alaska Premier Dental Group, it doesn’t have to be.
With traditional metal braces, there are five vital concerns to keep in mind:
1. Be Careful What You Eat
Sweets and extra food stuck in hard-to-notice spaces may lead to plaque and yellowing around the braces. Avoid sweets, juices, sodas, or anything else that will stain your teeth. Also, sticky things like gum and caramel can break the equipment in your mouth.
2. Consider a Mouthguard
Sports are the center of life for many young people with braces. A quality mouthguard provides important protection for both your teeth and braces.
3. Take Time for Gum Health
Maintaining healthy gums requires regular brushing and flossing. Without braces, two minutes of quality brushing is acceptable. Braces are trickier to clean. Take another minute to make sure every nook and cranny is taken care of. Even better, use a water flosser.
4. Check the Mirrors
We humans are quite good at noticing flaws. Check a mirror often to make sure your braces free of obvious food particles.
5. Smile with Confidence
At first, people will notice the change in your smile. But if you’re relaxed about your new braces, soon your friends will simply look past them without even noticing.
An alternative to traditional metal braces is Invisalign clear braces. For those patients who are good candidates, Invisalign clear braces can correct a misaligned bite. One of the things that makes them so popular is that they resemble an athlete’s mouth guard, and can be removed at mealtimes and when you brush your teeth.