How To Properly Care For Your Dental Appliances
Posted on 7/10/2023 by Dr. VanBrunt
|Proper care of dental appliances, like braces, retainers, and dentures, will ensure they last longer and maintain good oral health. After getting them, You will learn some things about oral health and cleaning dental appliances. Here are some tips to properly care for your dental appliances:
Handle With Care
Be gentle with your dental appliances to avoid damaging them. If you have braces, avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods. These types of foods can dislodge brackets or damage wires.
If you have retainers and dentures, don't drop them, or apply too much pressure when cleaning. Otherwise, they might break, and you will be forced to replace them.
Clean Your Dental Appliances Daily
Just like regular teeth, you need to clean your dental appliances daily. Braces require special tools like interdental brushes and floss threaders. The brushes and floss threaders help remove food debris and plaque that can accumulate around the brackets and wires.
It would help if you soaked retainers and dentures in a solution the dentist recommends to clean and sanitize them. Following the dentist's instructions would be best to avoid ruining your dental appliances.
Visit The Dentist Regularly
Regular dental check-ups will help maintain good oral health. The dentist will also check the condition of the appliances and ask how you have been taking care of them. The dentist will decide whether you need a new set or repair.
The dentist will also advise on the best methods to clean your dental appliances. Make sure you keep them in a safe place when not in use. It would be best if you kept them in a clean environment and away from pets. Visit our office today to get all the details on properly caring for your dental appliances, whether wearing them or not.