How to Sustain Your Fresh Breath While Having Braces and Invisalign
Having a good and healthy smile is usually the result that comes at the end of wearing braces. But you may run into some challenges like lousy breath, flossing, brushing and having food stuck while wearing braces.
Here are 3 tips to get rid of bad breath when you have braces:
Floss and Brush After Every Meal
Start to brush and floss directly after each of your meals as this will remove any of the other bits of food that are stuck in your mouth long before they can start to cause bad breath. Brushing and flossing regularly can reduce your chances of getting tooth decay and stains.
Consume Healthy and Less Sugary Foods
Over processed and sugary foods can cause bad breath as they stick on your teeth longer. If carbohydrates are left to sit in your mouth alone, they start to ferment, releasing acid and causing decay which in turn releases sulfur gas which leads to bad breath. Eat healthy and balanced meals that are made up of grains, healthy proteins, dairy products and fresh produce instead.
Use a Water Flosser and Scrape Your Tongue
Water flossers are specially designed to clean not only your teeth but also the tiny spaces between your teeth, gums, and braces. Using a water flosser may initially lead to your gums bleeding. Inflammation of your gums will decrease as you begin to use your water flosser on a daily basis.
Tips to Keep Your Breath Fresh While on Invisalign
Brush Your Invisalign Trays 2-3 Times Daily
A build-up of food and bacteria around the trays contributes a lot to lousy breath so make sure to brush them properly and keep them clean.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Make sure to brush and floss your teeth every day to keep them clean and healthy.
Remove Your Invisalign Trays When You Eat
Keeping the trays in your mouth when you eat increases food impaction as well as increasing tooth decay and bad breath. Make sure to take your trays out when you eat, regardless of where you are.
Keep Your Mouth Hydrated and Keep Rinsing Your Mouth
Having a dry mouth leads to bad breath. Keep your mouth well hydrated at all times to avoid bad breath. If you are unable to brush your teeth after a meal, then rinse some water around in your mouth to remove any food that has been stuck. If no water is available, then you can lick your teeth for roughly 20-30 seconds, so that your teeth are covered in saliva, which can help to wash out food and bacteria as well as reducing bad breath.
Whether you decide to get braces or Invisalign, make sure to schedule regular cleanings and cavity checkups with your dentist. Cavities and gum disease are one of the leading causes of bad breath. Good oral practices are essential whether you wear braces or not, but more so when you do wear braces. So make sure to schedule regular orthodontic checkups with your dentist for cleanings and checkups.
by Emily Taylor