As you may be aware, there are a number of dos and don’ts that come with having braces put on your teeth. This list is designed to make the next 18 to 24 months more comfortable and also to ensure that treatment is not prolonged due to poor choices. As always, consult your orthodontist with any questions or concerns that may arise in between appointments.
- Pay attention when the orthodontist shows you how to clean your teeth and braces. He or she should show you the proper way to maintain a healthy mouth while you have brackets, wires and rubber bands in there. Then, make sure you follow through and brush after each meal. You also need to floss at least once a day both between your teeth and around the brackets.
- Eat a healthy diet and watch the number of sugary soft drinks that you consume. Sugary sodas can leave spots on your teeth. Furthermore, chewy foods like licorice can dislodge the brackets, as can foods like corn on the cob that you have to bite into. Other foods to avoid include anything hard, crunchy, or sticky. Cold foods and ice should also be avoided. Be sure to ask for a list of foods that you cannot have while under the orthodontist’s treatment. This includes whether or not you can chew gum as different doctors will advise you differently.
- Use the wax and over the counter pain relievers as necessary. While it may not hurt right after the braces are attached to your teeth or right after the orthodontist tightens them, but in a day or two, your mouth may feel sore. If that happens, you can take an over the counter pain reliever and rub your braces with the wax so that it does not feel like they are poking you. This sensation will diminish once your mouth develops scar tissue. You can also try swishing around warm salt water to eliminate the discomfort.
- Your teeth are supposed to feel loose. That is ok. However, a loose wire, bracket, or band is not. Try to push it back into place, use some wax and call your orthodontist if this occurs.
- Keep every follow-up appointment. This way, you will not only be able to ask all of your questions, you may even knock some time off of how long you need to wear your braces. However, failure to be at all of your appointments may prolong your treatment time. In addition, you should also keep your six-month check-ups with your regular dentist. This will further ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy.
- Once your braces are removed, be sure to wear your retainer as directed. This will ensure that your teeth do not shift and you will not need braces again in the future. You can also enquire about a permanent retainer so that you do not have to worry about forgetting to wear it, losing it or throwing it away accidentally. Also, remember to clean it as needed, as well.
Your smile is often one of the first things that a person notices about you. For this reason a smile can also be part of the source of one’s self esteem, or it can be a great source of insecurity. A beautiful smile speaks a universal language, which is why orthodontia is a field of dentistry that is popular all over the world. Orthodontia is a field of dentistry that focuses exclusively on the alignment of one’s bite. A bite is the term used to refer to the way that your top teeth and bottom teeth align when you bite down. A misaligned bite can cause major problems for your jaw and can be the source of headaches, as well as other dental problems. Although a misaligned bite can lead to other dental complications, one of the main reasons why people seek out an orthodontist is so that they can improve the appearance of their smile. Straight teeth are appealing in their own right, although straight teeth can also help to ensure that other dental procedures and regular dental hygiene are easier to manage.
One of the most commonly used and well recognized procedures of ortodoncia is dental braces. Dental braces are small metal brackets that are adhered to each individual tooth and then joined together using thin metal wires. The metal wires are help in place using small rubber bands on each of the metal brackets. The bands and wires are adjusted to help the teeth to move slowly over time to become more straight. Depending on the severity of one’s misalignment, some people will only require dental braces for a short period of time, while others may be required to wear their dental braces for many years. When someone has dental braces they typically need to visit their orthodontist once a month to have their wires and rubber bands readjusted to make sure that the braces are working correctly and moving their teeth in the right direction. Dental braces are most commonly used for adolescents, although many adults will wear dental braces to fix their bite as well. Dental braces have been used for many years and as technology has changed, dental braces have not changed much along with it. The braces that your parents wore probably look very similar to the braces that your children may wear. Dental braces are very effective in helping to realign one’s bite and once they are removed, the results are usually very attractive, which is why people are willing to endure the annoyance and unsightliness of dental braces.
In recent years Invisalign has become a very popular alternative to dental braces that also helps to realign one’s teeth and bite. Invisalign is a set of clear plastic retainers that work in phases to help move someone’s teeth to be more straight and realign their bite. Invisalign is popular because it is not adhered to your teeth, so you can remove it as you please. Most orthodontists recommend that you only remove your Invisalign when you eat in order to make it most effective.