All orthodontic appliances take some time to get used to. Here are a few tips from our Surrey orthodontist on how to make your life with braces as easy as possible.
What to Expect
Your mouth is going to go through a lot of changes throughout the course of your orthodontic treatment. To help your treatment go as smoothly as possible, it's a good idea to understand right from the beginning, what you should expect, and how to care for your teeth and braces.
Eating With Braces
You don't have to stop eatting all of the foods you love, just because you have braces. You just need to learn to be cautious. By simply being careful, and keeping a few limitations in mind, you'll be able to eat many of the foods you love without hurting your teeth or damaging your braces.
Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene
Brushing and flossing regularly will be more important than ever while you have braces. To keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment, careful, thorough brushing at least twice a day, and flossing daily are essential.
Caring for your Braces or Dental Appliance
To keep your treatment on schedule it's important to take good care of your braces or dental appliance. Be sure to clean your teeth and braces properly every day.
If your orthodontic treatment includes a removable dental appliance, take the time to clean your appliance twice a day whenever you brush your teeth. To help keep removable appliances free from plaque and bacteria, soak your appliance in denture cleaner regularly. Soaking will also help to improve the taste of your dental appliance, but remember that soaking your appliance does not replace the need for brushing it thoroughly.
Retainer & Expander Instructions
For complete instructions on how to care for your retainer or expander click HERE. Understanding how to clean and care for your retainer or expander is key to keeping it functioning properly.
Athletic Mouth Guards
Be sure to wear an athletic mouth guard to protect your teeth and braces if you play sports. There is no reason to let braces get in the way of having your best game ever!