One of the lesser well-known benefits of orthodontic treatment is that braces do fit into your lifestyle. However, it’s important you continue to look after your teeth during treatment and take steps to make sure your braces stay in top condition.
At Peel Orthodontics, our team offer the following top tips on brushing your teeth, caring for your braces, and what to eat during treatment.
It's important to keep your teeth clean throughout your orthodontic treatment, but the good news is it's still possible to brush and floss, even while wearing braces. Before you leave our clinic after your fitting appointment, we'll show you how to brush your teeth, making sure you get around all the parts of your braces. What's important to remember is that brushing will take a little longer because you must do it gently. The last thing you want is your brackets falling off!
In addition to brushing and flossing, we also recommend using a fluoride mouthwash as part of your teeth cleaning routine. This will help to ensure you keep your teeth and your braces thoroughly clean and avoid any plaque build up. Disclosing tablets will also help to identify any areas where plaque my be forming.
To keep your teeth in the best possible condition, it is important to brush them after every meal and snack.
Life doesn't change too much during orthodontic treatment but you will need to make a few adjustments to your diet. After your braces have been fitted, and after every adjustment appointment, it is common for your teeth to feel a little tender. During this time, we recommend eating soft foods, such as:
While wearing braces, it is also important you avoid hard, sticky and chewy foods as these can damage your braces and delay your treatment. Avoid the following:
Many of our patients are worried about how life will change once they begin orthodontic treatment. What we say is that life just continues and your orthodontic treatment fits in around your daily activities. You can still play sport and musical instruments, it just requires some thought and care.
For example, before you run out on the sports field, be sure to have a mouthguard in place. We can advise you on the best mouthguard for your teeth and braces.
If you have any questions about what life is like with braces, ask Dr Ash and our treatment coordinators at your consultation, or contact the friendly team at Peel Orthodontics today.
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