So you just got new braces put on. Like any new friendship, the one you create with your new mouth appliances will only be successful if you take care of it properly from the start. Knowing what and what not to do when it comes to your new braces will help you have a painless experience and help you get your perfect smile that much faster! Here at West Seneca Orthodontist, we are here to help you create a beautiful friendship with your braces. Here are a couple of tips to prevent problems with your new orthodontic appliances:
Floss, floss, floss.
Yes, flossing around your braces can be a task. But in the long run, flossing is one of the easiest and simplest ways to keep your mouth in tip top shape! Using floss threaders can make the chore easier as well. Just a few minutes of flossing per day will protect against a long list of dental health issues when your braces finally come off.
Avoid sticky or hard foods.
Honestly, your braces will thank you. Skipping gum, toffee, and other sticky sugary treats will prolong the life of your braces. Hard and sticky foods will break wires and brackets, so it’s a good idea to avoid them all together.
Wear rubber bands and headgear.
Rubber bands, headgear, and other orthodontic appliances may seem annoying. Choosing not to wear the appliances or rubber bands will increase your treatment time by months, or even years. Wearing these appliances now helps to avoid problems in the future, and allows you to have the perfect smile that much faster!
Here at West Seneca Orthodontist we are here to help you as you transition into having braces. We want you to have a successful relationship with your orthodontic appliances in order to give you that perfect smile! Call us today to set up an appointment at our orthodontist office near you!