Closeup dental braces If you have alignment issues with your teeth and are seeking effective treatment then the ultimate solution is Braces. They are known to be highly effective for aligning teeth and modifying other problems related to orthodontics. Braces can be used to treat many different oral problems, other than aesthetic reasons. There are specific conditions in which a dentist could advise braces. They can rectify most of the cosmetic appearance-related problems and improve overall oral health.

Why do you need braces?

Let’s have a look at which conditions your dentist might advise you to go for braces.

  • The delayed eruption of adult teeth can cause non-align teeth.
  • Teeth that have a crossbite.
  • Jaws and teeth are not in proportion to the rest of the face.
  • Crowded teeth in the upper and lower jaw.
  • Incorrect jaw bite such as overbite and underbite.
  • A jaw joint disorder or Loss of primary teeth at an early or late age.
  • Constant cheek biting or striking the roof of your mouth due to bite problems.
  • Difficulty while chewing or grinding.
  • Mouth breathing

If you have one of the above mentioned conditions then it is a sign that you should see a dentist. Address these issues with your dentist and they can suggest best course of action.

How to maintain oral hygiene while wearing braces?

Braces are placed to help teeth aligned and aesthetics. It is important to keep our teeth and gums clean during the orthodontic treatment to maintain  overall oral hygiene. If plaque and food particles accumulate on teeth it can cause many dental problems including cavities.

Some of the tips to maintain our oral hygiene are as follow:

  • Regular dental visits to your orthodontist.
  • Proper brushing with a small head toothbrush specific for cleaning braces.
  • Flossing with a floss threaders to clean the interproximal area of teeth.
  • Prevent breaking of any wire or bracket.
  • Avoid consumption of foods such as popcorn, candies, peanuts or any other sticky foods.

Brushing technique:

Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to clean the wires and pins of your braces. Brush from the top to the bottom and make sure that all plaque and debris are removed. Place your brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line, then apply gentle pressure as you move in a round motion. Continue this for a few minutes and Use the same brushing method on all outer and inner tooth surfaces, tilt the brush as needed to better all the surfaces of teeth.

Floss at least once a day. Ask the dental professional to show you the best way to floss. Make sure your using a flossing product that is designed for braces and orthodontic appliances, like a floss threader. Always rinse your mouth with water and examine your teeth or braces in the mirror.

Why dental hygiene is important while wearing braces?

Braces are composed of brackets and wires that work hard to align our teeth but always remember that they do not actually take care of the teeth. In fact, when a person is wearing braces brushing and flossing become even more important so that the plaque build-up and cavities can be prevented. There are Special brushes which go under the wires and allow remove the food particles, it helps to keep your smile healthy and plaque-free.