EVERY ORTHODONTIC PATIENT dreams of Braces Off Day, but tooth decay and unsightly stains can make that dream smile harder to achieve if we aren’t careful about daily dental hygiene while the braces are on. Here are a few crucial tips to follow to get the best results:
Yes, including lunch. Food particles can remain stuck in the braces for hours after lunch, so bring a toothbrush and toothpaste to work or school. A few interdental brushes for extra security wouldn’t hurt either. (Just be careful to store the toothbrush somewhere it can dry out between uses because it won’t take long for it to develop some funky smells if it stays damp.)
This may be even more important than brushing, whether it involves traditional floss and floss threaders, floss picks, or a water flosser. Trust us, flossing is worth the effort, even if braces can make it a little trickier to do.
Someone with a perfect dental hygiene routine could still end up with post-braces stains by using whitening products because they can’t reach the spots covered by brackets! Hold off on whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, strips, and treatments until the braces come off.
At Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre, we have over 10 years of experience dealing with orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry, from diagnosis to treatment. To schedule an appointment with one of our local Sunshine Coast orthodontic dentists, please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice from a dentist experienced with orthodontic treatments in Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast.