Since the brackets and wires of lingual braces attach to the backs of teeth, they are very popular for cosmetic reasons. One of the few drawbacks of lingual braces is that they can be hard to clean. With a few minor lifestyle changes you can keep your lingual braces clean and free from damage.
There are a few food choices to consider when you have lingual braces. Sticky foods and chewing gum can easily get stuck in and around the braces. Hard and crunchy foods can also cause problems. This could potentially bend wires, loosen bands or even cause the resin adhesive holding your brackets to come loose. If you do have something come loose, it can increase the amount of time you need to wear the braces.
Interdental brushes and floss threaders, are very helpful tools for removing food particles from between your teeth, around the braces and other hard to reach places. Dental water jets can also help loosen food particles and wash them away, however they cannot replace the effectiveness of using dental floss.
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