Do's and Don'ts After Orthodontic Treatment

If you’ve recently had orthodontic treatment, congratulations! You’re one step closer to achieving a beautiful and healthy smile. However, the journey doesn’t end there. It’s crucial to maintain your oral hygiene and follow certain guidelines to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and straight. Here are the Do’s and Don’ts after orthodontic treatment:



Do Continue to Brush Your Teeth Regularly 

Brushing your teeth twice a day is a good habit, and it becomes even more important after you’ve had your braces. Make sure you brush your teeth thoroughly and floss to remove any food particles stuck in your teeth. Additionally, consider using mouthwash to kill any lingering bacteria. 

Do Clean Your Braces

If you still have braces on, it’s important to clean them thoroughly after eating. Food particles can easily get stuck in between the brackets and wires, which can lead to plaque buildup and even cavities. Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste to gently clean your braces, and be sure to get in between the wires and brackets.


Do Avoid Foods That Can Harm Your Braces or Can Be Very Difficult to Clean

This includes sticky or chewy candies, popcorn, hard and crunchy foods, and anything that requires biting down with force. Instead, opt for softer foods that are easier to chew and won’t damage your braces.

Do Tell Your Orthodontist if You’re Involved in Sports Like Hockey, Rugby, or Football, so They Can Help You Better Take Care of Your Braces and Your Teeth

Your orthodontist can provide you with a custom-made mouthguard to protect your teeth and braces while playing sports.

Do Contact Your Dentist if a Bracket Becomes Loose 

A loose bracket can cause discomfort and delay your treatment. Contact your orthodontist immediately if you notice a loose bracket.


Now, Let’s Talk About the Don’ts 

Don’t Forget to Wear Your Retainers

Whether you have braces or not, it’s important to wear your retainers to maintain the straightness of your teeth. Failure to wear your retainer as instructed can lead to your teeth shifting back to their original position.


Don’t Chew on Hard Things

Chewing on non-food items like pencils, or pens can put unnecessary stress on your teeth and can even damage them.


Don’t Chew on Ice

This may seem harmless, but chewing on ice can actually cause your braces to break. Moreover, it can also damage your teeth, leading to sensitivity or even a chipped tooth.


Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools   

Your teeth are not tools and should not be used as such. Using your teeth to take off bottles or rip open bags can lead to chips and cracks. Instead, make it a point to use the right tools for the job.


Don’t Skip Your Doctor’s Appointments

Your orthodontist will schedule regular appointments to monitor your progress and make adjustments to your braces. Skipping these appointments can delay your treatment and cause discomfort.

Following these do’s and don’ts will help you maintain your oral health and keep your teeth straight and healthy.

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