Our BC orthodontists understand that getting used to life with braces can take some time. Here are a few tips to help make life with braces a little easier, and get you through the adjustment period.
What to Expect
While you are straightening your teeth with braces your mouth is going to go through a lot of changes. Braces treatment will last number of months so it's important to understand from the start what you should expect from your orthodontic treatment, and how to properly care for your teeth while you have braces.
Eating With Braces
Caution is the name of the game when you are choosing what to eat, while you have braces. If you're careful, and keep a few limitations in mind, you'll be able to eat many of the foods you've always enjoyed without damaging your braces or hurting your teeth.
Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene
Brushing and flossing regularly will be more important than ever while you have braces. Careful, thorough brushing at least twice a day, and flossing daily are essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Caring for your Braces or Dental Appliance
To keep your treatment on-track, it's important to take good care of your braces or dental appliance. Clean your teeth and your dental appliance or braces properly twice a day.
If your orthodontic treatment includes a removable appliance, take the time to clean your appliance twice a day, when you clean your teeth. Soaking your appliance in denture cleaner regularly will help to keep it free from plaque and bacteria. Soaking also helps to improve the taste of your dental appliance, but remember that soaking does not replace the need for thoroughly cleaning your appliance.
Retainer & Expander Instructions
Your orthodontist will provide you with complete instructions on how to care for your retainer or expander. Understanding how to clean and care for your retainer or expander is key to keeping it functioning properly and getting the best results from your orthodontic treatment.
Athletic Mouth Guards
If you play contact sports, be sure to wear an athletic mouth guard to protect your braces and your teeth. There is absolutely no reason to let braces stop you from enjoying any sport!