You and your braces will become good friends over the coming months or years, so it’s important to get your relationship off to a good start. Consider the following to prevent rocky times ahead:
- Floss, floss, floss. Yes, it’s a pain to floss around your braces, but it’s the best way to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems. Ask Dr. Michael Hage and our staff for floss threaders or Superfloss to make the chore easier. Just a few minutes per day will ensure that you don’t face significant dental issues when your braces come off.
- Avoid sticky or hard foods. It’s tough to forgo toffee, caramel, gum, and other sticky treats, but your braces will thank you. Sticky or hard foods can break a bracket or wire, so it’s best to avoid them altogether.
- Chew with your back teeth. If you’re used to taking large bites with your front teeth, it’s time to switch up your eating habits. Taking a large bite of food with your front teeth can leave your braces vulnerable to damage. Instead, cut large foods into pieces and use your back teeth to chew. This is especially important with corn on the cob, which should always be cut from the cob.
- Wear rubber bands. Rubber bands and other orthodontic appliances may seem annoying, but failing to wear them can increase the length of your treatment by months. Wear them now to avoid problems in the future.