If you have just had braces placed on your teeth, you and this particular set of braces will become very acquainted with one another. Whether you will have these braces on for the coming months or years, it is important to get your relationship off to a good start. There are good times and bad times ahead with this kind of orthodontic treatment, so it is important that you consider the following recommendations to prevent any bad times from overwhelming you ahead. At West Road Dental in Houston, Texas, we take patient education very seriously. With that being said we’ve compiled a list of four things that can help you or your child to have the best experience with with braces possible.
1. It is so important that you’ve floss. Yes, it may be super uncomfortable and hard to floss around your braces, but it is the best way to prevent gum disease and other oral problems while you have these dental fixtures in your mouth. Floss threaders may make the chore easier, and in just a few minutes a day, you will ensure that you do not face significant dental health problems in the future, after you get your braces taken off.
2. Be sure to avoid sticky or hard foods. Your braces will thank you for avoiding foods such as taffy, caramel, and gum. Sticky or hard foods are the main culprits in breaking brackets or wires, so just avoid them altogether.
3. Something else that can help you with the function of your teeth while wearing braces, is chewing with your back teeth. If you have grown used to taking large bites with the front of your teeth, it is time to change up your eating habits. Cut large foods into smaller pieces and use your back teeth to chew, this is most important with foods like corn.
4. Don’t forget to wear rubber bands and headgear. These types of orthodontic appliances may seem annoying, but by not using them or not wearing them, you can increase the length of your treatment, meaning the longer you have to wear your braces. Wear them now to rid yourself of anguish in the future.
Do you still have questions leftover about you and your braces? If you do, feel free to contact us at West Road Dental, as we are more than willing to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about your braces. Call us today to set up an appointment and we will be more than happy to meet you or member of your family.