When it comes to having braces, your might worry a bit about how it’s going to change your look, or about how to properly care for them. Don’t worry though, braces are a great solution to restoring a perfect smile.
Here at Heroes Dental, we have your back, and we want to make sure your oral hygiene and confidence levels stay as high as the stars in the sky.
Braces are left on for an average of two years, but of course, each patient is unique and so the time frame will vary. During this time, you will want to be sure to take the BEST care for your newly fitted braces.
Don’t worry, it only takes a couple of weeks to get used to them, then things will get back to normal and you will feel as if very little has changed in your mouth.
You might be wondering, “What are some tips that can help me to live with braces a little easier”. Heroes Dental has a few useful tips that will help you along the way.
Embrace the brace.
Braces used to be a bit “uncool” and there has been a bit of a stigma that surrounding them. Luckily, the times have changed, and even adults are getting into the action. Remember that braces are a spectacular invention that help us to obtain beautifully straight teeth and help to enhance that already shining smile of yours. On that note, SMILE! Don’t hide your teeth, be confident, and show off.
Eat soft foods.
Braces can be a bit uncomfortable at first. In fact, your mouth will probably be sore for a couple of days after you first get them (and sometimes after you have them adjusted). That’s why eating soft foods are going to be your best bet. Some options to choose from includes mashed potatoes, soups, oatmeal, yogurt, spaghetti, and of course everyone’s favorite, ICE CREAM!
Since we are talking about food, you should also keep in mind those foods to AVOID, such as popcorn, chips, hard candies, licorice, and corn on the cob, just to name a few. Eating such foods can cause damage to your braces, which may mean additional time with your braces on, as well as extra costs to fix them.
Keep objects out of your mouth.
This may sound a bit strange, but some of us like to chew on pens and pencils from time to time. Chewing on hard objects can damage or break a bracket or wire, leading to repair and extra costs.
Clean, clean and clean.
As with all oral hygiene, it is important to brush and floss daily to maintain a nice and clean mouth. With braces in the picture, it can be more challenging as tiny bits of foods tend to get stuck in the braces, and sometimes regular toothbrushes just can’t reach those crevices. Just remember these few tips and you should be fine:
- Use an interdental toothbrush.
- Mouthwash is your best friend, but use it wisely.
- Make sure to floss daily to keep up with hygiene.
- Avoid whitening products.
- Make your own traveling cleaning kit and take it with you everywhere you go.
- Don’t forget to clean your teeth and braces after every meal and snack.
Playing sports is still doable.
It is highly important to remember that if you are engaging in any physical sports to always wear your mouthguard. You want to do your best in avoiding any damage to both your mouth and your braces. If you incur an accident, make an appointment right away to assess the damages.
You might think that missing the occasional appointment is fine. Wrong! Failing to attend regular appointments can cause delays in your treatment and removal of your braces. Your follow up appointments are necessary in order to maintain and tighten your braces.
Take it easy. Remember that braces are not permanent, they are only temporary. The more you take care of them and follow your plan, the quicker they will come off. Enjoy the ride and before you know it, you will be amazed at the transformation.
Heroes Dental is the one stop shop for all your orthodontic needs.
Contact our office today to inquire about our services and to book your first appointment for your journey to a new smile. We have three convenient locations in Laredo, Mission and San Juan.