Why Tooth Care is So Important Even When They're Healthy

Prepare For Braces

by Rene Jacobs

When you go in to have braces put on your teeth, you want to be fully prepared for having them on. This means knowing what you will feel like after they are put on and how you have to care for the braces and your teeth while you are wearing them. Read all the information below to be fully informed going in.

What you will feel like right after getting the braces put on

When you leave the dentist office with your new braces in place, you can expect to be sore for the first few days after getting them. You will also experience irritation where the new braces rub against your tongue and the inside of your mouth. Take some over-the-counter pain relievers to help with the discomfort and use the dental wax given to you with your after-care instructions to stop certain parts of the braces from causing further irritation.

Care properly for your teeth when you wear braces

When you have braces on your teeth, it will be harder to care for your teeth. Foods will get stuck in the small crevices and more than normal plaque buildup will occur. This means you have to be more diligent than ever before when it comes to keeping your teeth as clean as possible. Make it a point to brush them after every meal. Use mouthwash every night. Carry dental supplies with you so you can continue taking proper care of your teeth even when you are away from home. Make sure to stay on top of cleanings with your family dentist.

Eat foods that won't cause problems for you

No matter how much you brush or floss, there are just some types of foods that are going to be difficult for you to get out of your braces. Staying away from these foods is going to be your best bet at keeping your teeth as clean as possible. Some of the foods that are bad to eat when you have braces include chewy foods, breads, peanut butter and pasta noodles.

Use a water pic

Even when you brush and floss after every meal you eat, the braces make it nearly impossible to reach those little areas where the braces connect to your teeth. A water pic will shoot out a strong enough stream of water to blast debris free that would otherwise stay on the surface of your teeth and cause more plaque and bacteria to build-up on your teeth.