After getting your braces, it is important to know how to take care of your teeth to ensure that your braces stay intact and do their job so that your teeth are in top-notch condition after you complete your orthodontic treatment at Rely Dental in Irving and Benbrook Texas. Today, our team at Rely Dental in Irving and Benbrook Texas thought we would provide you with tips you need to know to ensure you undergo successful treatment at our Irving and Benbrook Texas office.
Flossing twice a day or after every meal can help you clean areas between teeth and other places a toothbrush can miss. We also recommend using a floss threader, which can be used to help you navigate safely around your braces and brackets. It is vital to floss twice a day, preferably after lunch and before bedtime to keep gum disease and tooth decay at bay.
Teeth and appliances should be brushed after every meal and before bedtime using fluoride toothpaste and gentle, soft strokes. We recommend using an interdental toothbrush, which can help you clean the hard-to-reach areas under wires better than an ordinary toothbrush.
This phase of orthodontic treatment requires cooperation and consistency on your part. If your orthodontist has prescribed elastics, make sure they are worn at all times, except when eating meals or brushing teeth. You must wear the correct size elastics and have extras in case they are misplaced. By failing to wear your elastics for even one day, you run the risk of your teeth moving back toward their original position.
Addressing Damage to Your Braces
In case your appliances are damaged, we ask that you call our team at Rely Dental in Irving and Benbrook Texas immediately to set up an appointment.
Eat Friendly Foods
When undergoing treatment, there are certain foods you must avoid. Foods that are hard, sticky, chewy, or sour can add months to your treatment time. These include gum, caramels, taco shells, nuts, ice, chips, or hard candies.
We hope that helps! If you have any questions, please give us a call at Irving and Benbrook Texas office or ask us during your next adjustment appointment!
The time frame for your orthodontic treatment largely depends on the seriousness of your dental problem. Some may require treatment for six months, while others could be made to undergo treatment for as long as two years. Whichever situation you find yourself in, know that you will eventually reach your goal and the device will become a part of your day to day life, although it may not feel like it at first. In fact, your mouth may feel unnatural once you remove your braces after some time!
Seeing your smile transform into one that you have always wanted, is an amazing feeling. So take mouth photos at least every month and watch first-hand how your teeth move into place. This will also help you to know that your efforts in maintaining braces are not in vain.
We love being asked questions as it shows our patients are taking an interest in their oral health. Before you go through with orthodontic treatment, do a bit of research and jot down questions that you like to enquire with us.
During the first few days of having braces, you may feel slight pain and discomfort. Having the device in your mouth will feel a bit strange, but trust us when we say that you will get used to it. At first, your body will take some time to adjust and you may notice that your mouth has a little more saliva than usual. You may also notice subtle changes to your speech but you will adjust to this as well. We suggest you drink or eat something cold, like ice cream, to numb any pain you may feel. You are also advised to eat soft foods during the first week of having braces.
A loose wire, jarring against your cheek can be painful and most irritating. While you should let us know of any changes to your orthodontic device, you may also temporarily take the problem into your own hands until you get to the dentist. You can gently shift the wire into place by either pushing or poking it out of the way with the eraser end of a pencil or a cotton swab. Cover the leftover wire with dental wax.
We love our patients and love to help them form healthy dental life that will last them a lifetime. For more information call us today to answer all of your questions, so get an appointment today.