The team at Austin Heights Orthodontics in Coquitlam know that it can take some to get used to wearing braces. That's why, to help make your adjustment to braces a little easier we've put together a few tips for living with braces.
What to Expect From Life with BracesDuring your orthodontic treatment, your mouth is going to go through a lot of changes. You'll be living with your braces for weeks and months as your teeth move towards their new positions. That's why it's important to understand right from the start, how to care for your teeth and what you can expect from your braces treatment.
Eating With Braces
- Wearing braces doesn't necessarily mean that you need to stop eating all of the foods you love, but you will need to exercise caution when choosing what to eat and how to eat it. If you exercise caution, and keep a few limitations in mind, you'll be able to eat many of the foods you love without hurting your teeth or damaging the brackets and wires of your braces.
Good Oral Hygiene to Keep Teeth Healthy
- Brushing and flossing regularly will be more important than ever while you have braces. So, whether you prefer a manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush be sure to clean your teeth at least twice daily, and floss at least once a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Caring for your Braces or Dental Appliance
- Caring for you braces or dental appliance is important for keeping your treatment on-track. Be sure to clean your teeth and braces properly every day. If your orthodontic treatment includes a removable appliance, take the time to clean your appliance twice a day whenever you clean your teeth. By soaking your appliance in denture cleaner regularly, you can help to keep it free from bacteria and plaque but remember that soaking does not replace the need for cleaning your appliance properly!
Retainer & Expander Instructions
- Understanding how to clean and care for your expander or retainer is essential to keeping it functioning properly and getting the best results possible from your treatment. HERE is more information on how to keep your expander or retainer in tip-top condition.
The Importance of Athletic Mouth Guards
- If you play sports, it's important wear an athletic/sports mouth guard to protect your teeth and braces. There's absolutely no reason to let braces stop you from enjoying sports just remember to care for your smile! Wearing a sports mouth guard can help to protect your braces and your teeth.