When someone decides to straighten their teeth, it can be a very exciting time. Not only will they have a fantastic smile at the end of it all, but they will no longer need to feel self-conscious about smiling in general. But in the process, a lot of changes will likely take place in the day-to-day while they are being straightened. Directions will be given to properly maintain braces, depending on the type of braces decided on. In honor of Orthodontic Health Month, here are a few tips to ensure the best experience during this transformative time:
Keep objects out. A general rule of thumb for everyone is if it doesn’t belong in your mouth, don’t put it in there. Not only can they damage your teeth but can also damage your braces.
Wear a mouth guard. If you are an active person, wearing a mouth guard will not only keep your device safe, but will save your teeth and gums.
Dietary changes. A big change that will happen when you get braces – your mouth is going to be sore as your teeth begin to move. Stick to soft foods during these times. Once your mouth heals, it is important to avoid sticky or hard foods that can break off brackets or wires. Candied apples, popcorn balls and caramel chews are just a few of the Halloween treats you are going to need to refrain from.
Preventative measures. Accidents happen. If a wire snaps, have some dental wax handy to save your mouth from injury. If a rubber band snaps, know how to replace them.
Daily dental hygiene. Your dental hygiene will basically remain the same but will require special toothpaste or floss to keep your teeth clean.
If you would like more information about orthodontic care, call Dr. Cindy Du, Dr. Joseph Szabo or Dr. Ted Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.duandszabodds.com.
Drs. Du, Szabo & Haines proudly serve Snohomish and all surrounding areas.