Orthodontics precautions and how to maintain oral hygiene

Nowadays, people’s awareness of health care is getting higher and higher, and they pay more attention to oral health. People with irregular teeth will choose to go to the hospital for orthodontic treatment, which can not only improve the face but also facilitate the maintenance of dental hygiene. So, what should I pay attention to after orthodontic treatment?

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1.can not eat hard and sticky food

During the period of orthodontic treatment, you cannot eat hard foods, such as hard candy, spare ribs and nuts. You can cut pears or apples into small pieces and eat them quickly, because the brackets are subject to tangential force and are easy to fall off. Avoid eating sticky food such as chewing gum or glutinous rice, otherwise it will stick to the bracket and affect its corrective effect.


2.Correct bad habits

Bad habits such as mouth breathing, tongue sticking and finger sucking must be corrected, otherwise they will prevent the teeth from moving to the correct position and are prone to recurrence after the appliance is removed.

open bite caused by thumb sucking

3.Follow up on time

During the process of orthodontic treatment, the movement of teeth has a physiological cycle, and it is necessary to go to the hospital to apply pressure on a regular basis. Simple deciduous orthodontic treatment generally takes about 6 months, and permanent dentition treatment takes two years. Follow-up visits were conducted every 4 weeks with fixed aligners, and every 6 weeks with invisible aligners.

4.Must have a retainer

It’s not that you can sit back and relax after you take the braces off. If you want to maintain their effect, you need to wear a retainer to avoid twisting of the teeth or crowding of the lower front teeth. After the treatment is completed, the retainer should be worn on time according to the doctor’s instructions to prevent the recurrence of dental deformities.

Orthodontic follow up

How to maintain oral hygiene after orthodontic treatment?

Braces are not harmful to the teeth, but food residue left on the braces can cause gingivitis and tooth decay, and demineralize the surface, which can damage the appearance of the teeth. The non-removable braces increase the difficulty of oral cleaning, because the lips cannot touch the tooth surface, and the self-cleaning function is hindered to a certain extent. caries.

You need to carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with you during the period of straightening your teeth. You must brush your teeth carefully after each meal and before going to bed. It is preferable to choose a toothbrush with a small brush head and soft bristles, or you can use a special toothbrush for orthodontics. At the same time, master the correct way of brushing your teeth, brush your appliances horizontally, and brush your teeth vertically. The braces are difficult to clean on the tooth surface, and an interdental brush is required. Thoroughly clean your teeth, braces and gums after meals and before bed to prevent decalcification or decay on the tooth surface.

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