Orthodontic Procedure: During and After Care

By | September 16, 2013

Orthodontic procedure involves fixing issues such as crooked or crowded teeth by placing corrective braces of metal or synthetic material framework. It important that during the time of treatment and afterwards, you need to take the appropriate care. By this, you can good oral health. This article discuss during and after care in orthodontic procedure.

Care during orthodontic treatment

In diet, you need to avoid certain food and drinks:

  • Foods that strain your teeth such as hard food that needs more chewing.
  • Sticky food such as pizza, toffees, chewing gums, starchy food (potato chips, etc.) and so on.
  • Sugary foods such as caramel.
  • Acidic drinks must be avoided as it dissolves the enamel of the teeth. Food with vinegar are acidic, and hence harmful to teeth.
  • Teeth are tender when undergoing treatment. Ensure, therefore, to take soft food such as fish, soups, etc.

Make sure to eat soft fruit such as apples. You could chop them into small bits for easy chewing.

Cleaning of teeth and mouth
Cleaning the mouth and teeth is somewhat difficult with braces. It becomes easier as you get used to it. Following can help you clean your teeth with much ease:

  • If any removable parts, take it out and then start cleaning.
  • Brush gently first from top and then from bottom cleaning each tooth individually.
  • Brush well. Brush outer and inner surfaces of teeth.
  • Make sure to brush the teeth in back.
  • Special care must be taken to avoid breaking or bending any wire or brackets.

Cleaning of braces
There is a risk of cavities and gum disease if you are wearing braces. Make sure that you clean them after every meal. Following can help you clean braces easily:

  • Flossing with the thread between each tooth above the wire for upper teeth and below the wire for lower teeth removes food debris and plaque from the teeth.
  • Choose orthodontic toothbrush for cleaning as they have v shaped bristles.

Care following orthodontic procedure
Orthodontic treatment requires aftercare for the success to be continued. As soon as your treatment is completed and braces are removed, retainers are issued. Teeth may tend to come back to original position after the treatment so retainers are placed to overcome this kind of situation.

Retainers are placed 15 days after the braces have been removed. They are somewhat painful and discomfort is felt during first couple of weeks. If the pain is unbearable, take painkillers to subside the pain.

Care for the retainers
The following points will help you take care of the retainers:

  • When eating and cleaning the mouth, retainers should be removed.
  • Make sure that you don’t leave them out of your mouth for more than 12 hours.
  • Clean the retainers with the help of toothbrush and toothpaste or mild soap.
  • When not in use, keep the retainers in the box to avoid losing it.

Retainers needs to be changed on periodic basis, as with the time they get worn down.

Taking care along with these lines will ensure you to get a getting better dental future for you will get good results worth your money that you spent orthodontic procedure

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