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Keeping your teeth safe while wearing braces in Chicago, IL

Mouth with smileBraces can give you the beautifully straight smile that you've always wanted. They also improve your oral health. Straightening teeth eliminates hard to clean areas, which in turn reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease. In the past, many people avoided, or hated, orthodontic treatment despite the many benefits. Fortunately, today's braces are lighter, stronger, and more comfortable. We even have the option of invisible aligners, which eliminate common problems like dietary restrictions. However, there are a few things you should know to make your life with braces easier and keep your teeth safe.

Wearing Invisalign

Invisalign is probably the easiest, most comfortable tooth-straightening technique ever invented. There are no food restrictions, nothing in the way of brushing, and no wires to break. Does that make it foolproof? No. A fool might not bother wearing the aligners. While Invisalign is amazing, it isn't magical and it can't sit in your dresser drawer and straighten your teeth. Aside from remembering to wear them the recommended number of hours, treatment should have minimal impact on your life and lifestyle. Here are a few tips to make it even easier:
  • Clean your aligner with lukewarm water. Never put it in the dishwasher or use hot water, as heat can warp it.
  • Remove the aligner during meals, and eat whatever you want. Be sure to brush your teeth, clean the aligner, and put it back in place as soon as you finish eating.
  • Make progress! Don't forget to change out your aligner for the next one every two weeks.

Wearing metal braces

Despite the advances in treatment, the fact remains that you have metal brackets bonded to your teeth. It really isn't as bad as you might imagine, but there are a few things to be careful of:
  • Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that you won't be able to get out of your braces, such as toffee, beef jerky, and whole nuts.
  • Cut food into small pieces.
  • Brush immediately after meals. This will help prevent decay, and avoid the embarrassment of showing off your lunch when you smile.
  • Use tools like floss threaders and oral irrigators to assist oral hygiene.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do is choose a good dentist, who will take the time to help you choose the right style of braces for you, and teach you how to live with them in harmony. Don't take chances with your smile. Choose the dental team that local celebrities, beauty queens, and respected professionals trust. Call Big Smile Dental at 773-772-8400 and schedule your appointment.


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