Once you get your braces on at our office in Murfreesboro or Shelbyville, you are on your way to a beautiful smile and healthy teeth. In order to be sure your orthodontic treatment works quickly and properly, you need to follow a strict oral care regimen. More and more adults are getting braces for the smile they have always wanted, but most people get them when they are teenagers, and the results last for the rest of their lives.
Orthodontic treatment takes time to work. Depending on the problem, it may take from six months to two or three years. During that time, you need to be very careful of what you eat in order not to break brackets and wires that will make the treatment even longer.
Chewing ice is certainly not advised while you are wearing braces, but there are other hard and sticky foods you should avoid. Some of the most common foods to avoid are:
- Hard candy
- Corn chips and pretzels
- Sticky candy and chewing gum
It is recommended not to bite into hard fruit, raw vegetables, crusty bread and corn on the cob. These things can seriously damage your braces and require extra appointments with Dr. Pack in Murfreesboro or Shelbyville for repairs.
Along with caring for your braces, you need to care for your teeth during the months you wear them. They can cause tooth damage if proper care is not taken. Since they attract and hold food, people who wear braces have more bacteria in their mouth, which can weaken tooth enamel and cause tooth decay and gum disease. The good news is, if you take proper care of your braces, none of this will happen, and you will be pleased with the results when you finally get them removed.
Brushing and flossing are the two most important things you can do to care for your teeth while you are wearing braces. It will take more time than you are used to, but it will be well worth the effort. Bacteria that form in the tiny spaces around your brackets and wires can cause major damage to your teeth.
First, white spots may form on your teeth that cannot be removed. They indicate that the enamel is weakened. It is much easier for gums to deteriorate while you are wearing braces, which is why flossing is so essential. You need to brush after every meal, including snacks, and avoid foods that are high in sugar, such as soft drinks and desserts. After brushing, you should rinse with mouthwash to make sure all the acid is gone.
If your braces are damaged while playing a sport or eating something hard, you need to have it repaired by our orthodontist as soon as possible. Broken wires can be dangerous if you accidentally swallow them or if they start to cut the inside of your mouth.
Orthodontic treatment is the beginning of a whole new look for you. You may need to pay more attention to oral hygiene than you usually do during this time, but it will be well worth it in the end once you see your beautiful smile. Make sure to consult with the team at Pack Orthodontics in Murfreesboro or Shelbyville so that you can get the most out of your treatment.