Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry, focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
Here are more tips to help you take care of your teeth and braces:
1. Use toothpaste containing fluoride. You can also get a fluoride rinse from your orthodontist or family dentist to help prevent cavities!
2. It’s important to limit foods that are sugary. They increase the bacteria in your mouth and cause more plaque to develop on your teeth, opening the door for cavities.
3. Avoid hard bread, hard candies, ice cubes or nuts, or any food that could become stuck in your braces, such as taffy. Sticky foods like Skittles and Starbursts will not break your braces but it is very difficult to remove these foods from your braces. If you do not remove them from around your braces they will cause damage to your teeth. You can chew sugar free gum.
4. Keep going to your family dentist every six months for a checkup and cleanings.