Are you wearing braces? Worried about how you would cope with them this festive season? Well, don’t get yourself worked up, we always have the magic to help you live your life despite trying to attain a powerful smile. First off, we would like to put a soft reminder that your braces are not a burden. Remember the reasons why you chose them. They wouldn’t prevent you from grabbing those large thighs of the chicken. Of course, there are certain rules you shouldn’t break. Read on to find out how best you can care for your braces this season. 

Don’t Forget to Brush, Rinse, and Floss. 

We know right from the moment you have got those braces on, it is always advised that you should ensure that you don’t neglect to brush. We are set to remind you that this rule doesn’t change, kindly ensure that you brush morning and night calculatedly. For people with braces, expectations with the way you handle your oral hygiene are high. This is because of braces wire trap food. Our dentist recommends the following guidelines for successful oral hygiene while wearing a brace

  • Start off by rinsing your mouth with water. This would help with releasing trapped food caught in between your braces.
  • If you have elastic components attached, we advise that you remove them before brushing, 
  • Ensure that your toothbrush is held at a 45-degree angle while you begin to clean around the wires and brackets of your teeth, starting from the top and moving down. 
  • Then, clean the teeth in a circular motion while exerting a little pressure. 
  • If there are spaces in between your teeth, you may require the right interdental brushes to help you out. 
  • For tighter spaces, it is critical that you floss after meals. Flossing helps to remove interdental spaces between the teeth and wires. It is best advised that you carry your oral hygiene tools everywhere you go.

Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces.

Oh, yea! The season always comes with lots of goodies, however, there are certain meals you should avoid while wearing braces. Remember when you first fixed your braces, your dentist gave you a list of food you should avoid, well, let’s giggle your memory again. Here is a list of food you should avoid while wearing braces: 

  1. Nuts 
  2. Popcorns 
  3. Gum 
  4. Caramel 
  5. Beef Jerky 
  6. Apples 
  7. Food that stick
  8. Carrots 

You need to stay away from foods that are considered crunchy, chewy, hard, or sticky. Also, you should avoid certain habits like pen chewing, nail-biting, straws, or any object that gives habitual satisfaction. 

Make an Emergency Appointment 

When there is an accident, either when wires break, tweak, or protrude, don’t procrastinate. It’s better you quickly call a dentist at Smile 360 dental clinic to help fix an appointment. In the meantime, these following tips from WEBMED can help you through the ordeal before seeing your dentist:

  • Protruding Wire – Try using the eraser at the end of a pencil to position the wire to a less uncomfortable area. If this isn’t possible, use some orthodontic wax to cover the end of the wire. Do not cut the wire yourself. 
  • Loose Brackets – Using a small amount of orthodontic wax reattach the loose brackets or provide a cushion between the bracket and your gums. 
  • Loose Bands – Loose bands must be replaced or re-cemented back into place. Save the band and schedule an appointment with your Rigby orthodontic office right away. 
  • Loose Spacers – Need to be replaced or repositioned by your orthodontist if they fall out.

Visit Your Orthodontist and Dentist Regularly

There is a certain emphasis on the dentist’s visitation. This is one of the best ways to keep your braces in check. We know it’s the holiday season, our dentists are open to attend to you. 

When you are fitted for braces you will visit your Smile 360 dental clinic about every six weeks for adjustments. Usually, after an adjustment, you will experience some pressure or tightness and possible pain. This adjustment period usually only lasts a few days. If you do experience pain or pressure for more than a week contact us immediately. Your dentist would recognize the pain point and fix it adequately. 

In addition to your orthodontist appointments, it’s critical to the health of your teeth and gums that you maintain your regular dentist’s appointments. Routine checkups usually occur twice a year and are beneficial for protecting teeth and gums from common issues such as gum disease or cavities. 

Taking care of your teeth with braces can seem challenging, but the above steps are critical for ensuring that when your braces finally do come off, you’re left with a healthy and brilliant smile that you’ll love showing off. For more information or if you’d like to schedule an appointment contact Smile 360 dental clinic; we want to help you smile with confidence!