Care For Braces
Because your orthodontist will tend to your braces each month, the treatment requires little home care. However, there are a few things that you should keep in mind to keep your mouth healthy and comfortable during your treatment. You can brush your teeth normally with braces and should still brush twice daily. Flossing is especially important for braces users as food particles can build up around the brackets or wires.
Ask your orthodontist to teach you how to properly floss with braces. It’s also important for braces users to avoid hard or sticky foods like nuts, caramels, or chewing gum. These can either break your braces or get stuck between the wires.
Living With Braces
Living with braces might require a few adjustments, but they are easy to manage. Some patients will need to wear rubber bands that connect their top braces to their bottom braces. These rubber bands are easy to put on yourself and will help with proper alignment during your treatment.
You might also experience some mild pain during your time with braces. Some people find that braces irritate the inside of their lips or cheeks. If you have this problem, your orthodontist can give you some wax that you can apply to your braces for comfort.
Thumb sucking might seem like an innocent childhood habit, but it can have serious consequences for your child’s teeth. Thumb sucking can affect a person’s bite, palate, and tooth development.
If your child sucks his or her thumb, our team can help. Whether you are interested in early intervention or if your child needs braces to correct a previous issue, we can create a customized orthodontic plan to address their needs.