Making It Easy To Live With Braces
- Posted on: Aug 30 2016
Even though we don’t provide braces for our patients, we do see patients who have them…and sometimes they struggle keeping them clean. To that end, here are a few good habits to adopt to make living with braces successful:
Brush. Brush. Brush.
Brushing your teeth regularly is a great habit, but it’s essential once you have braces. Brushing your teeth after every meal will help prevent stains and remove food that gets stuck in your braces before it causes a problem. If you absolutely cannot brush after eating, rinse your mouth with water and brush as soon as you can. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a brush with soft bristles. Braces tend to wear out toothbrushes quickly, so plan on replacing your brush often.
Floss Every Day.
Having braces means you’ll have to work much harder to keep your mouth clean – and to make sure your smile isn’t showing off the spinach you had for lunch. Get a floss threader that can get in between and underneath the wires on your braces.
Choose Carefully What You Eat and Drink. Eating healthy food is another great habit, but if you wear braces, you have to be extra careful about what you eat and drink.
You can include:
- Bananas, berries, applesauce, and smoothies
- Mashed potatoes, beans, and steamed vegetables
- Soft cheeses, yogurt, milk, and eggs
- Bread, pasta, pancakes, muffins without nuts, soft tortillas, and biscuits
- Chicken, deli meat, and seafood without bones
- Sticky and sugary foods
- Soda, dried fruits, caramels, popcorn and gum
- Chewy foods like bagels, steak, jerky, and pork
- Hard foods like nuts, chips, and raw carrots
The Boy Scouts have it right. It’s easy to maintain good habits at home, but more difficult when you are at work, school or socializing. Keep a travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, wax, chap stick, and floss in your briefcase, purse, backpack, locker, or glove box.
Keep Your Orthodontic Appointments.
Your orthodontist can help you take care of your braces and fix problems if bands loosen or wires pop out of place. Don’t skip your regular appointments and call your orthodontist if there is a problem.
Braces or not, call to schedule an appointment for a thorough dental cleaning, today: (303) 277-9600.
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