If you need orthodontic treatment, you may have some questions and concerns about how treatment will affect your daily life.
Your braces will affect your daily life, but you probably won't have to make as many changes as you are expecting.
You can expect changes to occur in the following areas of your life:
Your Dental Hygiene Routine
Wearing braces or Invisalign will inevitably make your oral hygiene routine more time consuming.
If you have braces, you’ll have to spend additional time brushing and flossing your teeth, to thoroughly clean out all the little crevices in your braces.
With Invisalign aligners, you’ll brush and floss like normal but you'll also have clean the aligners themselves after each meal and snack. This will ensure they are clean before you put them back in your mouth.
Your Social Life
Social activities like talking, laughing, eating and kissing will feel different with braces and Invisalign at first, but you will quickly get used to it.
You may occasionally encounter rude or insensitive people who tease them about your braces. This is both silly and unkind, and you may find it difficult not to let it bother you. Just remember that you’re undergoing a medical treatment, and that's nothing to be embarrassed about. Your oral health and your smile will be greatly improved in the end, so always keep that in mind!
It may also take you a while to grow accustomed to how different your smile looks with braces. To help things along, practice smiling in front of the mirror, or try taking a few selfies from various angles, to get used to your new look.
Eating & Drinking
Your eating and drinking habits will also change during orthodontic treatment.
You'll need to brush and floss after every meal or snack, because food debris can get lodged in braces quite easily. If you're not vigilant, you may end up going through your day with a bit of spinach dangling from your braces. This is why it's important to brush and floss often, and you may want to start keeping a small pocket mirror on you as well.
Certain foods may damage your braces, so you’ll also need to make some changes to your diet during treatment. Foods that are hard and crunchy, that you have to bite into, or that are sticky and gooey, are all off limits!
These changes may seem a bit overwhelming laid out all at once, but don't worry too much. You'll quickly get used to daily life with braces, and your braces won't be on your mind much!