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Getting braces is a necessary evil for many kids, teens and even some adults. Whether you elect to straighten your teeth for cosmetic reasons or your orthodontist recommends braces for your oral health, the years of wearing them can present a few challenges. Luckily, Walgreens has specialized products for those who wear braces. They can help you maintain proper oral hygiene and eliminate some of their discomfort.
Maintaining good brushing and flossing habits is more important than ever when you wear braces. You can use either a manual or electric toothbrush to clean your teeth, but you should be prepared for some difficulty clearing away the debris that can get lodged among your brackets. You can begin by cleaning each individual tooth-much like you do when you brush normally-but then you will need to specifically target the area around each bracket as well as the space underneath the wire. You can angle the brush to effectively clean these extra spots. Most dentists and orthodontists recommend that people with braces brush their teeth about four times a day (once after each meal and then again before bed).
In order to floss between your teeth, you will need to use a floss threader to work around the braces wire. Simply pass the threader through the space under the wire, and then you can grab onto the floss and run it between your teeth like usual. You need to repeat the entire process for every gap between two teeth, which can be a little time consuming at first. Luckily, with practice, using one of these threaders will eventually become second nature. You should try to floss at least once per day when you have braces in order to keep your gums from becoming irritated and swollen.
Unfortunately, wearing braces can occasionally be a little painful. Not only is their job to help shift your teeth into an unfamiliar configuration, but they are also made of metal, so they may scratch your lips and gums. The soreness associated with newly tightened braces can often be relieved by an over-the-counter pain medicine recommended by your orthodontist. To prevent the sharp edges of your brackets and wire from scraping your mouth too badly, Walgreens has orthodontic wax that you can easily apply to smooth the spots where your braces are causing you the most discomfort.
In general, you should avoid eating any particularly hard or sticky foods when you are wearing braces, as they are the most likely to damage your brackets or wire. Stay away from chips, pretzels, nuts, and popcorn to keep brackets from getting jarred and breaking off. Sticky foods like gum, taffy, and caramel can often get lodged in your braces or even pull off a bracket while you are chewing. You should also try to stay away from sugary snacks in general while you have braces since it's much harder to keep your teeth adequately clean and prevent decay.
With proper care, you can easily overcome the challenges that braces present and emerge with a straighter smile. Browse the products available from Walgreens, and you will find everything you need to keep your teeth healthy while your braces do their job.