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Braces can do wonders when correcting crowded, misspaced, and misaligned teeth. They can also fix bite and speech problems. However, the wires and brackets contain many small spaces for food to get trapped and plaque to build. Without the proper techniques, they can impede flossing and brushing as well. Review these tips for how to take care of your braces. While you get your smile fixed, you don’t want to incur new oral health problems that cause their own range of issues.

Want to find out if you or your child needs braces? Visit Reese Orthodontics in Charleston, SC for leading orthodontic care.

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Why Caring for Braces is Important

Proper oral hygiene begins and ends with brushing, flossing, and eating the right foods. However, you also have to take proper care of your teeth beyond this schedule, especially if you have braces that can make your brushing and flossing techniques less adequate.

With improper care, braces, which can stay on for up to a year or more, can cause oral health complications. These issues include plaque buildup and discoloration, gum inflammation that can lead to disease, and cavities.

Tips for Proper Oral Care with Braces

Follow these tips for proper oral care while wearing braces to prevent these issues:

Brushing Properly

There are some basic brushing techniques that already apply to your hygiene routine with or without braces, such as:

  • Using a good electric toothbrush
  • Making sure to get the back molars
  • Brushing for at least 2 minutes

However, you need to further adapt your brushing techniques for braces.

The first step you should take is to remove your elastic bands or other moving parts on your braces before brushing. While brushing, focus on aiming your brush down into the brackets and behind the wires, holding it at a 45-degree angle.

Move your brush in a gentle circular motion and be sure to address all inner and outer surfaces, including the inside texture of your small front teeth. Spend enough time to ensure that you address all surfaces and remove any trapped food debris in the crannies of your braces.

Remember to Floss

Flossing at least once a day remains advice that any dentist will give their patients. With braces, this is just as important if not more so, but it also becomes more complicated. With braces, you need to use a floss threader that allows you to get behind your wires and floss the debris from your gums. Ask your orthodontist how to use these threaders to get behind your braces.

Remember to rinse thoroughly and visually check your braces to make sure you didn’t miss any food.

Buy the Right Oral Care Products

Braces change some of the requirements for your oral care products. However, some basics still apply. Buy toothpaste and mouthwash that kill bacteria that cause gum disease and cavities. These products should also be free of any abrasive chemical ingredients that may damage conventional braces. In terms of floss, make sure to get a smaller thread so you can fit it behind your wires.

In addition, many types of mouthwash include bright dyes to make them more appealing. However, these dyes can stain your braces, particularly the elastic parts. Ask your dentist or orthodontist about how to buy oral care products for your specific braces.

Diet Changes

While many diet changes apply to normal tooth care as well, such as limiting your consumption of sugary drinks, braces come with their own restrictions. To protect your archwire, brackets, elastics, and other orthodontic appliances, limit or eliminate these foods from your diet:

  • Sticky candies like caramel and taffy
  • Popcorn, whose kernels can bend wires
  • Nuts, especially almonds, which can break braces
  • Chewy bread like tough sourdough or bagels
  • Vegetables that are too fibrous, like celery
  • Meat with tough gristle or fat such as steak and pork chops

These restrictions may seem tough, but they protect your wires from being bent and your orthodontic visits from increasing. To maximize the effectiveness of your braces and minimize the time you spend in the chair, make these diet changes to protect your investment.

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We hope you have a better understanding of how to take care of your braces. For leading orthodontic care in Charleston, SC, Reese Orthodontics offers the latest technology and treatment plans. Our advanced and comfortable orthodontic options can be customized to suit your needs. A consultation with Reese Orthodontics includes scans, a comprehensive exam, and a conversation with the orthodontist to discover which treatments are right for you.

Schedule an appointment with us today to stay ahead of your oral health and receive the best possible care in your area.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
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- Harsha P.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).