Life with Braces
Eating with braces
When you have your braces fitted, it can be difficult at first to chew and eat comfortably. This normally lasts only for a week or two and after that you or your child will be munching away as normal. Even after normal comfort returns, its important not to eat foods that are too hard, sticky or crunchy, examples of such are pizza crusts, very crunchy bread, hard sweets etc. Sometimes these kinds of food can pop off a bracket or unseat a wire and this will have to be fixed. We will have a detailed conversation with you after the braces are fitted regarding the best foods to eat in the first weeks and throughout your treatment with braces.
Keeping braces and your teeth clean.
It is extra important to keep your teeth clean when you have braces. Having extra ‘bits’ in your mouth can allow food, plaque and calculus to build up easier and if this is not cleaned meticulously after each time you eat, gum disease and cavities can result either during or after treatment. At OrthoCare, we will inspect your oral hygiene at every visit and provide advice and cleaning as required.
No fizzy drinks!!!!!!!!
Carbonated drinks are a big no no when you have braces on your teeth! All that yucky acid leaks under the braces and can cause discolouration and cavities on teeth which is destructive and unsightly. We will go on and on and on and on… about this when you have your braces on!
Orthodontic treatment is no more uncomfortable for adults than children. Adults undergoing orthodontic treatment report the same level of soreness as children (although adults are more willing to tell us about the soreness, kids normally just get on with it!).
Typically, the teeth are most uncomfortable 12-24 hours after an orthodontic adjustment and will disappear within a week. After each visit where the brace is adjusted, the teeth can feel tender again for a day or two. Sometimes, the appliances can rub against the cheeks or gums and dental wax is helpful to alleviate this.
Sports guards and braces
Many patients ask ‘ Can I still play sports when I have braces? What will I do for a mouth guard?’. Answer is yes, of course you may still play contact sports. A simple, sports shop- type mouthguard is best during orthodontic treatment. There is no point in getting an expensive mouth guard as the teeth change position all of the time during treatment. On completion of your treatment, we will make a specialized mouth guard for you in any colours of your choosing.
Visiting your dentist and dental hygienist
It is very important to see your own dentisit and get regular cleanings throughout your orthodontic treatment. Will will tell you if any issues arise where you need to see your own dentisit, but regular six-month checkups are advised. Visiting the dental hygienist is also extra-important. While we will clean your teeth each visit if we feel it is necessary, attending your own dentisit or dental hygienist is necessary for thorough cleaning and deep cleaning if needed.