5 Tips for Living with Braces

September 9, 2015

Ideally, having braces wouldn’t put any inconvenience on your life. You visit an orthodontist, get the braces put on, come back for the required check-ups and adjustments, and get them removed at the end of treatment. But the reality is that you will need to take care of yourself and your braces in order to achieve that picture-perfect smile.

While Invisalign orthodontics require less maintenance than traditional braces, there’s still some basic tips that can really help as you go about your day.

1. Bring a Toothbrush Everywhere You Go

You will need to brush after every meal. Not only is getting food stuck in your braces unpleasant, it also can hurt the gums and enamel if its settles in between the brackets. It’s best to use a rounded-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You’ll know you’re doing a good job if the brackets looks clean and shiny.

2.  Flossing is Just as Important

It’s possible not all of the food can be cleaned out by brushing. Flossing will make sure there’s no small pieces stuck in your teeth or in the wires. If you’re worried that it’s going to be tough to get the floss in between the wires, buy floss threaders that help you easily navigate the small spaces between your teeth.

3.  Orthodontic Wax and ChapStick

Braces may cause mild pain and discomfort, particularly in the first few weeks of having them put on. Orthodontic wax (or simply, brace wax) will ease the tension and numb any aches your braces may cause. Similarly, braces can irritate the lips, causing them to become chapped –so carrying ChapStick in the same bag is effective planning for spending your day stress-free and comfortable.

4.  Keep a List of Braces-Friendly Foods

Google is a lovely tool, but having a physical list can be a big help if you lose an internet connection or if you don’t have access to a device. If you are confident that you’ll never be without your phone, then bookmark a web page with a list or jot the list down on a notes app.

5.  Mouth Guards Keep You in The Game

For our athlete and musician friends who are worried that braces will be the end of their hobbies, fear not, orthodontic-approved mouth guards will keep your teeth, cheeks, lips, and tongue protected so you can continue your favorite activities while we work on perfecting your smile.

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