There are plenty of misconceptions regarding braces. When about to get Long Island braces, most people naturally assume that they are supposed to keep those metallic wires on their teeth for years. Indeed, the treatment does take a year or two, but you should also know that there are situations when you can skip the metallic appearance and opt for Invisalign – a transparent set of braces that works even faster. A series of misconceptions also affect the actual maintenance. Different people come with different ideas, even if they are not backed by the orthodontist’s advice. One thing is sure though – braces require maintenance.
Your oral hygiene must be flawless. Brush teeth after each use. Keep your mouth healthy by using floss and mouthwash as well. It takes some extra effort, of course. But if you ever feel like quitting, just imagine yourself smiling with perfectly straight teeth. That is when everything becomes worth the discomfort.
Apart from your teeth, braces also require maintenance. Braces must be cleaned regularly, but once again, people have no clue how and when to do it. If possible, you should clean teeth after each meal or snack. If you cannot do it (at work or at school), at least rinse your mouth a little. Swoosh water around the mouth, then spit it. If you can feel any food around, use a toothpick. Ideally, you should keep a small toothbrush with you. These travel toothbrushes are small and can easily fit inside a purse or pocket.
Generally speaking, you need two brushing sessions on a daily basis. As for flossing, do it at least once a day. Flossing is not everything. At that point, you have to work on the braces as well. A second brushing session begins. Do it until they shine and look perfectly clean. Sure, you may not always be able to do it at a party or while at work, but never miss it before going to bed. Oral hygiene before sleep is mandatory – with or without braces.
Pay special attention to the orthodontist’s advice as well. Visit them at every six months or even more frequently – depending on their recommendations. The orthodontist will make sure that the treatment goes on according to the plan, not to mention providing more maintenance tips and making sure that everything is intact and working by the book. Got any questions regarding the oral hygiene? Feeling hopeless with one procedure or another? Facing any problems? Once again, the orthodontist is the only one able to address your concerns.
Following these considerations will work a very long way. The treatment may even last longer if it is properly conducted and there are no problems.