Life with Braces
If you’re getting ready for braces, or you’re already wearing them, the information below will prepare you further to face the world with your new smile. No matter how long your treatment lasts, the time you spend wearing braces is relatively short compared to the brilliantly straight teeth you’ll enjoy for the rest of your life.
Here’s some important information about life with braces.
Daily Activities & Braces
Food – Choose foods that are softer. Avoid foods that are hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy. Cut or tear sandwiches and pizza rather than biting into them. Right after you get braces or whenever they are adjusted, you may want foods that require little or no chewing such as soup and macaroni and cheese.
Care & Maintenance – It’s important to take especially good care of your teeth during orthodontic treatment. By brushing and flossing regularly, you’ll keep your teeth and gums in top condition and ensure that your orthodontic treatment will deliver the healthiest smile possible.
When to clean – Brush thoroughly after each time you have a meal or snack. If you can’t brush right away after a meal, be sure to at least rinse your mouth well with water until you can brush. Carry a travel toothbrush so that you can brush when away from home.
At least once every day, brush your teeth and braces thoroughly until they are spotlessly clean, and then floss. This takes a little extra time, so you may want to do it at night before going to bed.
How to brush – A good way to tell if you’re brushing correctly is if your braces look clean and shiny, and you can see the edges of the braces clearly.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft, rounded-bristle toothbrush that’s in good condition. Because braces wear out a toothbrush quickly, replace your brush as soon as it shows signs of wear.
- Brush around all the parts of your braces and every surface of your teeth—fronts, sides and backs. Be sure to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
- Brush your gums gently and thoroughly.
- Rinse thoroughly after brushing.
How to floss – Flossing with braces on may seem like a difficult process, but it’s very important. And, as with anything, a little practice will make it go a lot faster.
- Floss every night before you go to bed.
- When flossing with braces on, it might be necessary to use what’s called a floss threader. This reusable tool allows you to get dental floss underneath your archwire easily.
- Make sure you clean carefully along and under the gumlines.
The Behrens Dental Plan can offer you 0% finance over up to 2 years, on a plan that suits you.
* Where You Progress with Treatment at The Behrens Dental Practice.
** Achieving straight teeth within this time period depends on the position of your teeth and can range from between 6 months to up to 2 years.