Dental health is important, much more than many people make it out to be. When looking to improve your dental health, braces are a great way to do just that. But with so many choices, how will you choose what type of orthodontic aligners to pick?
The common choice is braces. Braces are metal brackets glued to your teeth that attach to a wire. This wire’s purpose is to keep the tension in the teeth and to provide a guide to where the teeth are being aligned.
Braces come in two types, metal and clear. Despite the name, clear braces are not truly clear, but tooth-colored, which makes it difficult to see them against your teeth. Metal braces are the most effective process for aligning teeth, clear braces being a close second.
Invisalign is quickly becoming a competitor for braces. These plastic aligners are gaining popularity due to their invisible nature, hence their catchy name. Though they do not take any longer to use than braces, Invisalign cannot handle the more severe dental situations that braces can, so Invisalign is not for everyone.
When visiting your orthodontist, talk to them about which orthodontic procedure would be best for you.
It is so important to keep up with your oral hygiene while wearing braces. There are a few main steps many people forget when cleaning their teeth and and braces. Deep cleaning your teeth three times a week can prevent staining, plaque build up, and tooth decay.>
If you have rubber bands on your braces, you should remove them before brushing your teeth. Using an electric tooth brush designed for people with braces can work, but there are also normal tooth brushes with shorter bristles in the middle that wrap around braces for a better clean.
Brush your teeth with a regular whitening toothpaste in a circle motion making sure you get the inner surface of your teeth, which is a commonly missed area. Flossing is crucial with or without braces, but you have to make sure to get around the brackets as well when you wear braces.
Rinse your mouth out with an antibacterial mouth wash once you’re done brushing and flossing. Braces wax can be used to eliminate any pain and discomfort caused from the brackets rubbing against the sensitive skin in their mouth. You can also buy a braces cleaner specifically can also provide a better clean, but is not necessary.