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How individuals with braces can care for their teeth
Updated: 5/6/2011 6:59:56 PM

Caring for braces may help teens achieve healthier smiles when the devices are removed Having braces removed from teeth is an exciting event for many teens. However, teeth sometimes become stained due to food debris that has built up underneath wires and brackets, so it is important that individuals who wear braces pay special attention to oral hygiene in order to reveal an improved smile when the devices are taken off.

In a recent article published by the Daily Monitor, orthodontist Aisha Bataringaya-Sekalala offers several tips for how people can keep their braces and teeth clean and healthy.

"People with braces should brush after every meal, especially if one has eaten anything sticky or sweet. It is a good idea to carry a special travel toothbrush when away from home," she told the newspaper.

People who forget a toothbrush or who do not have access to a sink may consider rinsing their mouths with water to wash off some of the food leftover on their teeth, she noted.

If a wire should become unhinged, the expert told the news source that individuals should place wax over the broken part until they can make an appointment with their dentist.

According to the Office for National Statistics, about 15 percent of American 15-year-old adolescents wear braces.

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