Our Coquitlam orthodontists understand that getting used to having braces takes time. Here are a few tips to help you through the adjustment period, and to make life with braces a little easier.
What to Expect
Throughout the course of your orthodontic treatment, your mouth is going to go through a lot of changes. You're going to be living with your braces for a number of months so it's important to understand right from the beginning, how to care for your teeth and what you should expect from your orthodontic treatment.
Eating With Braces
There is no need to stop eating all of the foods you love, just because you have braces. Caution is the name of the game. If you're careful, and keep a few limitations in mind, you'll be able to eat many of the foods you love without damaging your braces or hurting your teeth.
Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene
When you have braces, brushing and flossing regularly will be more important than ever. Careful, thorough brushing at least twice a day, and flossing daily are essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Caring for your Braces or Dental Appliance
It's important to take good care of your braces or dental appliance if you want to keep your treatment on-track. Be sure to clean your teeth and braces properly every day.
If a removable appliance is part of your orthodontic treatment, take the time to clean your appliance twice a day whenever you clean your teeth. Soak your appliance in denture cleaner regularly to help keep it free from plaque and bacteria. Soaking also helps to improve the taste of your dental appliance, but remember that soaking does not replace the need for thoroughly brushing your appliance.
Retainer & Expander Instructions
Click HERE for complete instructions on how to care for your retainer or expander. Understanding how to clean and care for your retainer or expander is key to keeping it functioning properly and getting the best results from your orthodontic treatment.
Athletic Mouth Guards
If you play sports, wear an athletic mouth guard to protect your teeth and braces. There is absolutely no reason to let braces stop you from having your best game ever!