Taking care of your teeth and gums becomes extra important when you have braces. Neglecting your oral hygiene can prolong the time of wear, lead to serious problems like gingivitis and cause unattractive stains to form on your once pearly whites.

Braces are commonly used in cosmetic dentistry to help correct crooked or crowded teeth, jaw protrusions or wide spaces. Beyond granting a straighter smile, braces can also help prevent oral health risks related to misaligned teeth, including tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches, chewing issues and speech impediments.

You invest a lot of time and money—and yes, sometimes even a little discomfort—for a straighter smile. Don’t make it all go to waste with poor oral care habits! The dentists at Skyview Ranch Dental Clinic in Northeast Calgary are happy to provide simple tips on how to care for your braces for a life-long beautiful smile.

Brush after Every Meal

While brushing twice a day is standard practice for most individuals, people with braces should get in the habit of brushing after every meal—yes, even if you just ate a snack—to minimize the risk of plaque and tartar buildup. Flossing daily is also crucial for removing those pesky food particles lodged in your braces. Remember to be gentle; use a toothbrush with a soft head and brush with care to avoid damaging the wires and brackets.

Avoid Foods That Can Cause Damage

A good rule of thumb is to skip sticky, chewy or hard foods as these tend to get caught in your braces and are particularly hard to remove. For example, popcorn, corn on the cob, chewing gum and crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots are the usual culprits when it comes to broken wires and loose brackets. Opt for more easily chewable foods and cut harder foods into smaller pieces—it’ll save you the headache of running to your orthodontist every time a wire snaps.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

The orthodontists at Skyview Ranch Dental Clinic recommend eating a balanced diet that is low in sugary foods to minimize the risk of plaque buildup or yellowed enamel around your braces. Replacing foods high in sugar with healthier alternatives like lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and legumes ensures a healthy set of teeth and an overall healthy self.

See Your Dentist/Orthodontist Regularly

We look forward to every visit, so don’t delay your next appointment! Regular checkups and cleanings are important to maintain your oral health and detect issues that may otherwise go unnoticed. Visit your local dental clinic in Calgary at least twice a year to ensure your chompers are in tiptop shape.

Caring for your braces is an important step in your journey to a healthier, straighter smile. Contact the experts at Skyview Ranch Dental Clinic in Northeast Calgary for any questions relating to proper oral care habits. We’re here to answer all of your cosmetic dentistry needs!

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