Although cleaning and caring for your braces tends to be a simple task, it is oftentimes overlooked and neglected. Keeping your braces clean is an important part of keeping your braces effective. If they cannot function correctly, your recovery time will increase.
Braces will not clean themselves, and your oral hygiene habits are still necessary. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice per day and flossing as well. However, traditional braces can make flossing difficult. To make sure you can clean your teeth effectively, there are interdental tools designed specifically for braces, as well as alternative tools that can work well too, such as water flossers.
Keep your braces clean includes removing and washing your retainer at least once per week or more if necessary. If your braces should break or a wire gets knocked loose, do not try to fix it on your own. Doing so can increase your risk for an oral accident or potentially damage your teeth even more. Cover the end of any loose wires with a ball of wax and visit your orthodontist immediately.
If you want to experience the joys of an orthodontic aligner system at Rivera Orthodontics, simply call us at 915-585-7550 to schedule an appointment at our orthodontic office in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Jaime Rivera and our team look forward to straightening your smile.