Post by: / March 10, 2016

The Tips You Need to Stay Healthy During Orthodontic Treatment

For a successful orthodontic experience, it’s best to do all you can to properly care for your smile each day. Caring for your smile will help keep your teeth and braces in top-notch condition and will also help you achieve the results you are looking for. So, to help you care for your teeth and orthodontic appliance during your treatment, our Ortho 360 team recommends doing the following things:

Keep up on oral hygiene
As you may already know, it’s extremely important to brush and floss your teeth each day. It’s also important to rinse your smile with mouthwash daily. However, when you have braces, it’s strongly recommended to brush and floss your teeth after each meal and snack so the food particles and plaque are removed from your smile.

Avoid certain foods
When you transform your smile, there are certain foods that can harm your teeth and damage your appliance. So, it’s best to avoid eating these foods. The foods we recommend avoiding are sugary products, starchy products, chewy products, and sticky products. The sugary and starchy foods tend to cause tooth decay while the chewy and sticky foods tend to break your appliance.

Wear a mouth guard
Mouth guards are very beneficial, especially when you are aligning your teeth. The appliance can protect your teeth and braces from any hard, forceful object that hits them, reducing your chances of oral injury. So, if you are active in any way, whether it’s with sports or recreational activities, we recommend wearing a mouth guard.

Dr. Burgess and our team care about you, your oral health, and your smile, and we want you to have the smile of your dreams for a lifetime! So, if you would like more tips on how to maintain a healthy smile in Austin, TX, we encourage you to call 512-270-0030 today. Our team is here to help you at any time you need it, so please do not hesitate to give our office a call!