How to Take Care of Braces
Like a car or house, maintenance is huge when it comes to the cost and effectiveness of braces. In this case, maintenance is dental hygiene with braces. Turn the hygienic steps below into routines, and your braces journey will be a smooth one.
Rinsing and Brushing
- 3-4 times per day, have your child rinse their mouth with water to loosen food that might be caught in the braces. Then brush thoroughly and correctly to remove the food that can easily be lodged in and behind the braces, creating pockets of potential decay. And each night before bed, have them use a fluoride rinse after brushing to help keep the teeth strong and healthy.
Regular Preventive Care
- Every six months, take your child to the dentist and dental hygienist for a cleaning and a checkup. Their dentist can point out areas that need more attention, help make sure you're keeping their teeth healthy, and clean in and around the braces more thoroughly.
Good Dental Hygiene Away from Home
- When they're at home, it's easy. But when your child is in school or traveling, there are challenges. Send a travel toothbrush and toothpaste to school with your child, so they get in the habit of rinsing and brushing after lunch. And the same goes for road trips.
There's no doubt that getting braces is a significant commitment to you and your child. With the right expectations, preparation, and routines — wearing braces will be a positive experience. And remember, your orthodontist and dentist are always there to help you along.