Success With Braces
5 Easy Steps To Having Success With Braces
- Regular Brushing: Before you had braces, it was important to brush your teeth twice a day. If you forgot once in awhile, it wasn’t the best idea but it also wasn’t the end of the world. With braces on, this is no longer the case. Plaque and braces definitely don’t mix, and it needs to be continually removed from your teeth each day. For best results, you should not only brush twice a day, but after meals too. A little extra effort now will reveal the best results when your braces come off.
- Flossing: Even without braces, food can become trapped in the spaces between teeth and only removed by flossing. When you add brackets, bands and wires to the equation, there are even more areas for food to hide; that’s why flossing is more important now than ever. Best results are obtained when using waxed floss along with a floss threader to guide the floss underneath the archwire. Unwaxed floss can get caught on your braces and shred. In younger children, it is best that the parents do this for them.
- Wear Your Bands: You may not realize it, but your interarch elastics are a vital part of your orthodontic treatment. They apply force that directs your teeth into their proper locations. You should only remove them for brushing and flossing; it is fine to leave them in while you are eating.
- Avoid Certain Foods: You will not be wearing braces forever, so during this temporary period it is important that you stay away from foods on the forbidden list to protect your braces and teeth from damage. They include: popcorn, hard candy, caramel, corn on the cob, apples, hard chips, pretzels, ice and gum. It is also recommended that you do not bite directly into foods like pizza and subs, but rather cut them into smaller pieces.
- Call Us Immediately If Something Happens: Always remember that we are on the same team. If a bracket should pop off or a wire should break, you need to let us know. We won’t be mad, we promise! Just one broken element will prevent your braces from working properly, thereby extending the duration of your treatment. Don’t wait until your next appointment to take care of it.
If you follow these guidelines, you’ll have the best experience possible while undergoing your orthodontic treatment. Feel free to call us if you have any questions; we are here to help.