Teeth brushing becomes even more critical after braces are applied because it is easier for food particles to stick in your teeth and gums. It is recommended that you brush a minimum of 3 times a day – after breakfast, after lunch (or work/school) and after dinner – because food stuck in your braces is not only unpleasant and uncomfortable, having food sitting on your teeth and gums for extended periods of time can lead to more serious issues down the road. It is important that when flossing, you floss around your brackets and in between the wires to ensure all food particles are removed, leaving your mouth clean and healthy even after your braces are removed. While flossing may seem tricky with braces, utilities such as floss threaders make it easy to get through the wire and up to your gums.
In some cases a child will start to lose teeth early, have an atypical eruption pattern or require teeth extractions. When this happens, space needs to be maintained so that the adult teeth have the space they need to grow properly. If the space is lost, the child can spend a more extended period of time in braces. In short, by conducting a simple treatment at an early age, a simple treatment is required later.
Worried about playing sports and keeping up with any physical activity you’re involved in? Don’t Worry – you can still play all sports with braces, however we do recommend that a mouth guard be worn during play to avoid any damage to the appliances or teeth caused by rough game play.