So you have decided to go ahead with an orthodontic treatment plan with braces to move towards a healthy lifestyle and an improved smile. But you have questions on the outcome of how your teeth and gums will look once your braces come off. Here are a few thoughts:
Braces have tiny spaces where pieces of food and plaque can accumulate. This can cause staining, white spots, tooth decay and gum disease. Thus, it is important to brush and floss your teeth after every meal.
Use products designed for braces, (like super floss, interdental brushes, and power toothbrushes. These are specifically manufactured for post-orthodontic treatment use.
Brush with a fluoride toothpaste as necessary.
Use an anti-bacterial oral rinse as necessary.
Avoid chewing on pens, straws and ice cubes.
Avoid biting your nails.
Avoid eating hard foods and sticky foods.