We are lucky today to have many choices when it comes to getting a beautiful smile through transformative orthodontic treatment. Depending on your goals and preferences, Dr. Wayne Hickory can guide you to the right choice, and his caring team at Embassy Row Orthodontics is with you every step of the way to support you during treatment.
No matter what type of braces you ultimately decide on, keeping your teeth clean is priority #1. However, having orthodontic devices on your teeth can pose some challenges. That’s why we how to keep your teeth well-polished and free of food debris, even during treatment.
Braces solve so many problems, from correcting misalignment of the teeth to crowding and more. Dr. Hickory will discuss what your options are after he performs a complete oral evaluation, and the choices include:
Treatment with Invisalign is the only option where you can remove the trays and clean your teeth as you would normally.
Excluding Invisalign, the other braces have components like wires and elastic bands that can make it easier for food to get caught and trapped against your teeth, making plaque more likely to develop. This can stain your teeth and lead to decay and gum disease.
If you wear braces, it’s smart to follow these tips to keep your teeth their cleanest:
While we’re discussing the importance of keeping your teeth clean when you have your braces on, it’s also important to follow Dr. Hickory’s advice about what foods to avoid while you’re under his care. Steer clear of sticky foods like taffy and caramels, hard foods like apples, carrots, and pretzels, corn on the cob, and tooth-staining liquids like tomato sauce and dark juices or wines. Go easy on coffee and tea as well.
If you are getting Invisalign treatment, you should always take your trays out when you brush and floss and rinse your mouth with mouthwash. Brushing each time you eat is also advised, and food can also get stuck to the trays, so it’s important to soak them using a denture cleaner or a special product Invisalign makes — never mouthwash or hot water, which can damage them.
Keep another soft-bristled toothbrush for cleaning your aligners, and clean them twice a day.
You and Dr. Hickory are teammates, and with great treatment and excellent self-care, you’re sure to be dazzled when the “Big Reveal” happens, and you get your braces off.
Call our office at 202-342-9600 to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontic treatment, or contact us online. We look forward to giving you a stunning smile!