The Rules for Wearing Braces
You may find that you need some time to adjust to wearing braces. This is perfectly normal, so do not be worried if your braces feel uncomfortable initially. Fortunately, you can take a variety of steps to help make the adjustment period easier.
Your Red Deer dentist at Parkland Mall Dental Centre can talk to you about wearing braces. However, you may also wish to explore the topic a bit further before your next appointment.
Braces: Dos and Don’ts for Success
You could experience an assortment of issues when you wear braces. Follow these tips to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible:
• Do: Keep Your Mouth Clean – A clean mouth is important for maintaining a healthy mouth with braces. After you eat, rinse out your mouth with water, and use a dentist-recommended oral rinse daily. Brush your teeth at least three times per day, and preferably, after every meal or snack. Floss your teeth regularly, as well. You can use a floss threader, which is specifically designed for use with braces.
• Don’t: Indulge in Sugary Treats Often – Foods and drinks that contain much sugar can cause tooth decay. Resultant bacteria may linger on the teeth even more when you have braces. Always brush and floss after indulging in such products, and limit your intake of them altogether.
• Do: Wear Mouth Protection – You can still participate in sports when you have braces, but you should take extra precaution to avoid injury. Wear protective gear, such as a helmet and a sports mouth guard, to prevent your mouth from becoming seriously injured.
• Don’t: Eat, Hard, Sticky, or Chewy Foods – Certain types of candy will wreak havoc with your braces. In fact, some candy could even damage your braces. Stay away from products like taffy, gum, and hard candies. Also, avoid eating foods such as ribs, beef jerky, and corn on the cob. You should never chew on ice, and this is especially crucial when you have braces.
• Do: Attend All Your Dental Appointments – You might not always feel like going to your dental and orthodontic appointments, but these visits are essential. If you postpone them, you will likely need to stay longer at your next visit. Additionally, adjustments could be painful if you do not have them done as often as your dentist recommends. Unless an absolute emergency arises, always go to your scheduled dental cleanings and appointments.
Visit Your Family Dentist in Red Deer
When you first wear braces, ask your family dentist for guidance on what to do and what to avoid. If your braces are causing you discomfort, your dentist should be able to help you find some solutions, such as dental wax and over-the-counter pain medication.
Call Parkland Mall Dental Centre at 403-342-1118 for more information on dental hygiene while wearing braces. You may also complete our online contact form. We welcome new dental patients, so do not hesitate to contact us today!