Investing in orthodontic treatment with teeth braces can do wonders for your smile, not to mention your self-esteem and your confidence. As one of your key assets, your smile is one of your best features and can enhance all areas of your life! And teeth braces are one of the most effective ways of transforming your smile.
This is because wearing teeth braces can not only help you to straight and improve the aesthetic appeal of your pearly whites, they are also able to improve the function of youth teeth too!
This said, in order to optimise the success of your treatment and results, it’s important that you understand some of the things you should and shouldn’t be doing whilst wearing your braces.
What you should be doing with teeth braces:
Adopt good oral hygiene habits
This goes without saying… and if you stand any chance of achieving a happy, clean and sparkling smile, it’s essential that you keep your teeth clean.
This means brushing your teeth twice a day, and making sure that you find the time to floss your teeth too! This will help you to remove plaque, lodged food debris as well as a sticky film of bacteria that is notorious for accumulating on the surface of your teeth.
If you fail to do so, you could find yourself in all sorts of trouble when it comes to the health of your teeth, especially as plaque that is not removed from your teeth can lead to tooth and gum disease.
Make sure that you always attend your orthodontic appointments
It goes without saying that when you are receiving an orthodontic treatment, you should always attend all of your check up appointments.
This is important, as it will allow your dentist to monitor the success and progress of your treatment, whilst making any necessary adjustments to your brace.
Replace your toothbrush on a regular basis
One of the key ways to keep your teeth happy and healthy is to ensue that you replace your toothbrush every three months, even sooner if you find that the bristles on your toothbrush are frayed and damaged.
A damaged toothbrush will certainly not clean your teeth properly!
Cut up your fruit and vegetables in to bite size pieces
As you may experience some difficulty eating when you first get your teeth braces fitted, you should always cut up any hard or chewy foods into bite size pieces and of course, avoid them if you can.
This will make them a lot easier to eat, whilst preventing your brace from becoming damaged or broken. You should also make sure that you always cut the corn off your cob!
Use a mouth guard with teeth braces
If you play a lot of dangerous sports or active games that require contact with other players, you should definitely consider wearing a mouth guard, especially whilst you are receiving orthodontic treatment. This will protect your teeth, jaw and mouth from getting hurt!
Visit your dentist on a regular basis
In order to ensure that your teeth are happy, clean and healthy, you should always visit your dentist for regular check ups! This is because it is essential that during your orthodontic treatment, your dentist is able to check your teeth for loss of minerals in the enamel – this is also known as demineralisation. At the same time, your dentist will also check for gum diseases, signs associated with tooth loss and any changes to your oral tissues.
Wear your retainers after treatment
Continue to wear your retainers after your treatment as instructed by your dentist
What you shouldn’t be doing
Stamp out those bad habits
Habits such as chewing the top of your pen lid and pencil or chewing your nails can cause significant damage to your brace, causing parts to loosen and break off. Of course, not to mention the damage these habits can cause to your actual teeth!
Make wise food choices
When your teeth braces are first fitted, it’s essential that you make wise food choices in order to maximise the cleanliness and effectiveness of your treatment.
This is because foods such as nuts, caramel, chewing gum and sweets can become stuck and lodged between the brackets in your brace. When this happens it can cause your brace to become damaged or broken. At the same time, sugary foods can also lead to tooth decay!