Dental Hygiene Tips for Students Wearing Braces


Many of us at some point of our lives may hear a dentist suggest that we need orthodontic treatment to better our teeth alignment. Getting orthodontic treatment is an important choice as getting braces can be a life-altering decision hence the ideal time to get your tooth corrected is during student life as later on in lives all of us get busy with jobs and responsibilities and that time in your life may not be ideal for getting braces.

In earlier days, people were skeptical about getting those ugly wired braces which made them look absurd but today the advancement in dental science has made it possible for you to get clear and invisible braces which as the name suggests is not visible like old wired braces hence aligning your teeth has become not only simpler but aesthetically appealing as well. The after results of the treatment is a good enough reason why you should highly consider getting braces. But, do you know that just getting braces is the easiest part out of the entire treatment process? The most important part is to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy as well.

It is a known fact that students do not bother to much take care of their dental hygiene and if you get braces then there are high chances of incurring oral problems. This article will explain to you how to take good care of your teeth and gums while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Maintain Additional Hygiene:

We understand that as a student you may not be too keep on spending much time on daily routines such as brushing teeth. But, any kind of braces or aligners means nooks and crannies where food particles can easily get stuck which risks tooth decay. This means you need to pay special attention to what you eat every day while your braces are on and brush and floss your teeth regularly concentrating on brushing around the edges of the braces to get all the food particles out.

Switch to a Brace Friendly Diet:

While you have your braces on, keep a check on your diet and what you are eating. Students tend to eat lot of junk food which may not be ideal if you have your braces on. Avoid eating anything hard that can damage or break the braces. Stick to eating soft foods and if you wish to eat other items such as apple, or carrot, chop it into small pieces before you consume them to reduce the stress on your braces. Avoid eating sticky food as well, as they may get stuck in your braces.

Consume only Tooth Friendly Meals:

Apart from taking care of the braces, you also should be taking care of your teeth. There are certain food groups such as acidic drinks and food which may damage the enamel of tooth hence should not be frequently consumed.

Sugary food which is the favorite of most of the teenagers also can cause tooth decay and they are not healthy hence stay away from them as much as you can. Similarly, avoid soda including diet sodas as it is not healthy and contains lots of sugar which increases the chances of developing cavities. Also, junk and starchy food such as chips can get stuck in the tooth and braces and can cause tooth decay hence those are not advisable. Consult your dentist to understand in detail the food groups you should avoid in order to maintain healthy teeth and gum.

Change Your Behavioral Patterns:

There are certain habits mostly students and teenagers develop which is bad for their tooth and braces as well. If you are eating too much in a day not giving some rest time to your mouth, then you are not letting your saliva which is the natural defense against tooth decay to function. Keep a break of 2-3 hours in between every meal so that your saliva gets enough time to wash away all the acids formed due to eating and drinking.

Another common habit many students develop is biting nails or chewing on pens which can damage or break your braces which means the added inconvenience of getting it fixed and extended treatment time.

Be cautious about what you are putting in your mouth as if you damage your braces it would mean additional money and extra dental appointments.

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