By: Emmi Buck
Life with braces and after braces requires some extra attention to your oral care routine. If you’re considering braces, already have them, or used to have braces – congrats on taking positive steps in a beautiful, healthy smile! Now ~ let’s talk about making sure you get the most out of braces/retainers, and ensure you have your best smile ever!
#1 The Importance of Mouthwash
Avoiding plaque and cavity-causing bacteria in places that may be harder to reach with braces (or a retainer) is very important to your oral health. Using a good mouthwash will help clean areas that are hard to get to with brushing and flossing. Organic Brushing Rinse is a top choice for this because it’s anti-cavity foaming action bubbles will not only banish bad bacteria in hard to reach places, it has long-lasting breath freshening powers, and gently whitens teeth.
#2 Avoid Hot & Cold Foods Directly After Braces Are Off
Your teeth will be more sensitive on the first few days after removing braces, so be gentle on them! Hot and cold foods and beverages can be irritating or even painful the first few days, so be careful what you put in your mouth (including crunchy foods). Other tips for the days directly after braces removal: use a soft bristled toothbrush for brushing, a toothpaste for sensitive teeth (try non-abrasive Organic Toothpaste), and be careful with crunchy foods.
#3 Wear Your Retainer
“I love wearing my retainer!” – said probably nobody ever. You may not like the look and feel of a retainer, but there is a major purpose of why your orthodontist says you to wear one. Our teeth have a strong potential to move back to their original position. When your braces are removed, your teeth are at the highest risk of moving in the first few months. Your retainer holds your teeth in their desired position. You don’t want to have wasted all the time and effort of wearing and caring for your braces!
#4 Clean Your Retainer
Retainers can very easily accumulate cavity-causing bacteria and also germs from outside your mouth, like when you handle them to take them in or out, or while being stored in a container or on the counter-top. It is very important to clean your retainer by brushing it with mouthwash or toothpaste, and most importantly – regularly giving it a deep clean. To deep clean your retainer, fill a glass or bowl with 1/4 cup water and a 1/4 cup 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide to soak the retainer in overnight.
#5 Keep Those Newly Aligned Teeth White
Once your braces are off, you might find yourself smiling a lot more and showing off your pearly whites. But what if they aren’t as white as you want or you want to make sure you maintain your brightest white smile? Use oral care products that gently maintain teeth whitening without harsh and potentially harmful chemicals. Essential Oxygen’s Pristine Protocol 3-step system for your best smile ever does just that. Using organic ingredients, each of their products (Organic Brushing Rinse #1 selling natural mouthwash, Organic Toothpaste, and Tooth Polish) gently whitens teeth, while loving your gums and enamel as well!