If you’ve always dreamed of having a beautiful smile, braces are the most effective way of achieving your very own. From traditional metal braces to Invisalign, there are a variety of options to fit your budget and your preferences. Today’s braces are both affordable and virtually painless, but there are a few things to keep in mind when undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, including the importance of brushing and flossing multiple times a day, and avoiding sticky and sugary foods as much as possible. Here are our tips and tricks for getting the most out of life while wearing braces.
Many of the foods you were once able to enjoy without braces can also be eaten with braces, but there are a few types of foods that it’s best to avoid.
Hard and crunchy foods are best avoided as often as possible to prevent the loosening of wires or the breaking of brackets. These types of foods can cause damage to braces that can only be repaired with a trip to the dentist. Some hard and crunchy foods to avoid with braces include:
It’s also recommended that individuals who wear braces avoid sticky and sugary foods that can attach to brackets and wires and cause significant damage. This includes candy, caramel, sodas and other sugary drinks, cake, ice cream, and other desserts.
While most people do not experience pain from wearing braces, there are exceptions. You may experience occasional mild soreness due to the movement of teeth below and above the gum line which can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers or a warm salt water mouth rinse.
If your braces are damaged from food or if your brackets or wires become loose, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. However, there is a temporary fix that can prevent permanent and lasting damage. Simply affix a small amount of orthodontic wax to the area until you can make an appointment with your orthodontist to have them repaired.
The easiest way to floss with braces is by using a Waterpik or other similar device that uses water pressure to remove food particles and tartar to prevent plaque buildup which can lead to cavities, gingivitis, tooth loss, and more. The Waterpik system is great for anyone who is concerned about their oral health, but especially for children who need additional supervision during brushing or adults and adolescents with braces who have trouble using traditional floss.
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