In order to reduce the amount of time spent with braces on, as well as time in the orthodontist chair, we have provided tips for the care and maintenance of your appliance. Be sure to read through these before you get your braces on, so you know what to expect with your treatment!
In order to reduce your length of time in braces, it is necessary to avoid certain foods while you have braces.
For some foods, you can still incorporate them into your diet. Whole apples should be cut into wedges and vegetables should be cooked until soft.
It is absolutely essential to brush and floss well while you wearing your new braces. With braces, there are many nooks and crannies where food particles will hide and grow bacteria (yuck). You want to be sure to brush after every meal and floss at least twice a day with braces. You will also want to use an interdental toothbrush to get under the wire and between brackets, as well as a floss threader to help successfully maintain your smile.
If you play sports, it is important to the safety of your mouth and your appliance to wear a brace-ready mouth guard while participating in sports. Even something as docile as croquet can lead to a visit to the emergency room, dentist, and finally orthodontist for appliance repairs. It doesn’t have to be an accident-prone sport to be susceptible to injury-causing accidents!
Also, if you play a wind or brass instrument, the idea of playing with braces may be intimidating. Luckily, you don’t need any special mouth pieces or mouth guards to play effectively. You will adjust naturally to the appliance and play as you always have.
After adjustments, you may experience soreness or bite sensitivity. You may want to avoid tougher foods like steak and apple wedges and opt for mashed potatoes and oatmeal until the tenderness subsides. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil to lessen the soreness.
You may also experience loose teeth! Don’t worry, this is normal. Your teeth must loosen to be moved into their appropriate spots. Once they are in their final place, the gum tissue and ligaments will heal, making your teeth firm in their places once again.
Dr. Barnett and Barnett Orthodontics of Austin and Round Rock, Texas (TX), can help your loved one or you achieve your best smile ever. However, we want you to feel confident that your choice of an orthodontist in Austin, Texas, or Round Rock, Texas, is the right one.
Follow the steps below to start your journey towards your future smile today!