So, you've decided to straighten your teeth, and you're on a path to a picture-perfect smile. But let's not forget about one crucial aspect: maintaining oral health during teeth straightening. Practise these handy tips for a healthy smile and sparkling teeth.
The Daily Duo: Brushing & Flossing
When it comes to a bright smile, brushing and flossing are like the dynamic duo of oral hygiene—they're more important than ever. The grooves of our teeth can be a hideout for food particles, and nobody wants that. Keeping these areas clean is key to preventing cavities and gum problems. With aligners, it's also important to brush every time before you pop them back in. So, brush gently but thoroughly twice a day and floss like a boss.
The Right Tools for the Job
Investing in the right tools can make a world of difference. Think of it like gearing up for a mini battle against plaque and food particles. Soft-bristled toothbrushes, such as our Ultra Sonic Toothbrush, and floss are the basics of dental health, but adding a good mouthwash to your routine is like giving your mouth an extra shield. It reaches those nooks and crannies that your toothbrush might miss and keeps your mouth feeling fresh.
While you’re brushing your teeth, don’t forget your gums and tongue. You can brush along your gum line, giving them a gentle massage to promote overall gum health and use a tongue cleaner to avoid bad breath. A good brushing routine paired with aligner cleaning crystals or tablets will help keep things fresh and your smile ready.
Diet Do’s and Don’ts
Your diet plays a big role in maintaining oral health during teeth straightening. As you’re wearing aligners, you want to make sure to avoid eating or drinking anything but water while they're in. If you’re using braces, sticky, hard, or chewy foods are a big no-no as they can cause damage and are tough to clean off. Go for teeth-friendly snacks such as yoghurt, soft fruits, and veggies, and stay clear of sugary drinks as they’re likely to attract bad bacteria and can contribute to decay and cavities.
Of course, having less healthy foods is alright in moderation but you’ll want to brush your teeth after consumption to prevent build-up. We know that sometimes, brushing right after eating isn't possible. Here's a pro tip for when that happens: rinse your mouth with water to wash away food particles and sugars. It's especially handy when you're out and about. You also want to drink plenty of water as it helps keep your mouth's pH balanced. Plus, staying hydrated contributes to overall health, which is always a win-win!
Regular Check-ins with Your Dental Expert
As you’re going through teeth straightening, it’s important that you pay regular visits to your dentist or orthodontist. These appointments aren’t just for adjustments, they ensure that everything is going as planned. These check-ups help catch any potential issues early, keeping your smile on the right track. They're also the perfect time for a professional clean!
Try our BitesoftPro InClinic Treatment where you will receive an X-ray, 3D scan, clean and assessment before beginning your aligner journey. Or, try our At-Home Treatment which provides high-quality care from the comfort of your home.
Your Journey to Your Dream Smile
The path to straight teeth is unique for everyone. Embrace your journey, knowing that you're not just working towards a straighter smile, but a healthier one too. Maintaining oral health during teeth straightening is easy with our tips for a healthy smile. It might require a bit of effort, but trust us, it’s worth it. We can’t wait to see you flashing that radiant smile with confidence in no time. Interested in dental care and straighter teeth? Get in touch with our team at Bitesoft for professional advice.