Getting braces is one of the single biggest investments someone can make in teeth or oral health. They can be costly but they are important and effective for straightening teeth. Unfortunately, braces can also get damaged in many different ways. West Palm Beach orthodontics recommend that you follow these tips to keep your braces safe.
Watch What You Eat
One of the most common ways people damage their braces is by eating. There are a ton of foods that you should avoid at all costs when you have braces, like:
- Ice (that you chew)
- Any firm or crusty bread
- Anything sticky
Braces are designed with many different working parts. Each part is important and unfortunately, each part can be fragile. You should also avoid putting anything in your mouth that doesn’t belong there. Do not chew on pencils.
Take Care of Them
One of the most important things you can do is take care of your braces. Orthodontists typically recommend that people with braces brush their teeth at least five times a day. Once in the morning, once a night, and once after you eat. You also need to be flossing too. If you feel like you can’t get the job done with regular floss, try a floss pick or invest in a Waterpik.
Protect Your Mouth When Playing Sports
Someone who has braces needs to be extra careful when playing sports. Physical damage to the braces can happen while playing sports but the risk is reduced greatly when you wear a mouth guard. If you think that you sustained damage while playing sports, reach out to your orthodontist today.
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