Whether you’re a child or an adult, putting on braces is a big, life altering event. While you should never be ashamed of or hide your braces, you will likely have to make a number of changes in your life. Maintaining your braces is important, as well as caring for your teeth while wearing them. Your dentist will provide you will all of the information you need in order to care for your braces and teeth properly, but here are three great tips to make living with your braces easier.
Carry a Braces Kit
It’s important to clean your teeth and braces often, especially after each meal. Make a kit that contains toothpaste, a toothbrush, and floss to use wherever you are. It’s also a good idea to include some wax, cotton balls, and lip balm. Having these things easily accessible will make dental cleaning more convenient, provide more comfort, and give you everything you need in a braces emergency.
Wear Your Rubber Bands
Rubber bands can cause soreness in your mouth, but it’s important to wear them at all times. There are two reasons for this. First, wearing your rubber bands keep the hooks on your braces from scratching your cheeks. Second, they work to keep the teeth-straightening process on schedule.
Don’t Panic and Pull
It’s not common, but sometimes the wires or brackets in your braces will break. This can result in discomfort and worry. Don’t panic and pull on the wires or bracket, as this can actually cause more damage to the mechanism and result in even more discomfort. The best course of action is to use the wax in your kit and a wet cotton ball to cover the broken piece. Then, set up a dental appointment right away to have your braces repaired.
Need Help With Your Braces?
If you need braces, have questions about your braces, or your braces need to be repaired, contact Soos Creek Dental today. We are happy to answer any and all questions you have and to provide a wide variety of dental services. For more information about our practice, visit our website. You can also call us at (253)214-3750 to request an appointment.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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