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How To Stop Stains And Cavities During Braces Treatment

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Weo Admin
A 	<br title='b11'>close up of a smile with bracesBraces are an orthodontic treatment whose sole purpose is to straighten your teeth and restore that perfect smile. However, failure to maintain good dental care could cause you to have unsatisfactory results due to staining and decay.

Braces need care

Most braces are metallic and have ceramic brackets. When ceramic brackets and wires are exposed to wine, coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages, they begin to discolor and turn yellow. Additionally, the elastic bands that connect the wires with brackets could also stain and thus cause spots on the dental device. The discoloration on the device can stain the teeth in the long run. The borders of the brackets harbor a lot of plaque which if not removed could cause decay and teeth staining. Over time, due to tartar accumulation, the enamel is demineralized and eaten away by the acid from the bacteria. Whether the braces are removable or fixed, they need to be thoroughly cleaned to get rid of all bacteria and plaque buildup.

Orthodontist cleaning

Brushing and flossing are key. Brushing for at least three minutes after every meal and using fluoridated toothpaste could help avert the staining. Flossing could also help remove food particles stuck between the teeth and brackets. However, with braces treatment, there are areas that you may not be able to address while brushing or flossing at home. That is where orthodontic cleaning comes in handy. Orthodontists will manage to thoroughly clean your teeth and braces to get rid of all plaque. Additionally, they can offer you tips and advice on how to keep the braces clean.

One piece of advice you can expect from our orthodontist is to check on your diet. Consume less sugar and avoid foods and beverages that will eventually discolor your teeth. Sugary, starchy, and acidic foods can be harmful to the teeth since they facilitate staining and cavities. Sticky snacks such as candies could get stuck in the braces and thus damage the wires and the brackets. Overall, you need to have a system of thoroughly cleaning your braces to prevent staining and cavities. We have a team of experienced orthodontists ready to walk you through all brace maintenance tips. Give us a call today!

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