Daily Oral Care

When you have braces, it is as important as ever to take care of performing the daily brushing and flossing routine. Keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy to prevent making unnecessary trips to the orthodontist for cleaning. The dentist also recommends that any adults with a history of gum disease continue regular periodontal visits when undergoing an orthodontic treatment. Educate yourself on the proper care you must take while wearing braces by watching the two videos below.

Caring For Braces While You Eat

The dentist has a specific list of guidelines for you to follow once you are receiving treatment through braces. In the first few days, it is necessary to avoid solid foods that require a lot of chewing, such as tough breads or uncooked vegetables. Soft foods are not required the entire time you are wearing braces, but there are certain things you are advised against eating. Chewy, hard, sticky, and crunchy foods are the most obvious ones that you must avoid. This includes popcorn, ice, gum, nuts, candy, caramel, and licorice. In addition, foods like apples that require biting into may be a problem for people wearing braces. You should also avoid accidental damage from chewing on hard, non-food items that can lengthen the treatment time. This includes biting fingernails, pens, pencils, and other solid objects.

Initial Soreness

It takes a few days for your mouth to recover from the tenderness of getting braces put on. It generally subsides within 5 days, and discomfort lessens when taking regular headache medicine. It is expected for the areas that come in contact with braces to take some adjustment as they must toughen up. This includes the lips, tongue, and cheeks that often experience the majority of irritation. Take care to apply the wax that we provide to lessen the initial discomfort as much as possible.

Tooth Loosening

Do not be alarmed when you notice that your teeth are loosening up, this is a necessary part of the treatment so that they are able to move. As treatment is completed, your teeth will attach firmly into the corrected position as intended.

A Loose Band or Wire

It is anticipated that most patients will experience a loose wire or band at some point through treatment. It is not a cause of alarm and can be corrected temporarily by using a blunt instrument to adjust the wire. You can also use wet cotton or wax if the irritation does not subside. Stay as comfortable as possible and get in touch with our office to schedule a repair appointment.

Wear Your Rubber Bands

It may be tempting to cut corners while in the process of orthodontic treatment with braces. Always remember that it takes consistency and dedication to follow the dentist’s instruction, such as always wearing the prescribed appliances. Do not lengthen the time it takes to complete your treatment by failing to cooperate with instructions or neglecting to to wear the rubber bands.

Sports

It is possible to continue participating in sports while wearing braces. If you let us know that you participate in athletics, we will provide you a protective mouth-guard for safety.