Getting orthodontic braces is life-changing for young people; it can be a crucial pre-requisite to getting a smile that they can fully be confident about. Oftentimes, however, most of them have very little preparation for the responsibilities involved in creating that perfect smile.
- Brush your teeth after every meal and make sure to have those tiny brushes that can fit between brackets, which tend to hold food deposits. Frequent brushing will prevent cavities; there’s a greater risk for them when braces are attached to the teeth.
- Mouthwashes are super-important for the whole duration of the treatment. Not only will these help keep your breath fresh, but they also enhance the effects of brushing by dislodging remaining food particles that brushing and flossing couldn’t get rid of. Likewise, they’re quick “cleaners” after munches between meals.
- Avoid chewy food like toffee, caramel candies, gum, et cetera. These can loosen metal brackets (some people even end up eating the brackets) and leave tough residue on the wires and elastics, which may promote both discoloration and cavities.
- Eat nutritious food and load up on calcium. Braces can actually weaken teeth because there are surfaces that don’t get brushed. At times, it can be painful to brush thoroughly because of the teeth’s adjustments. It’s imperative to make teeth as healthy as possible by taking health supplements and eating bone-fortifying food to maintain tooth strength. Likewise, nutritious food can also prevent sores (which children with braces are prone to get) and gum diseases.
- Drink lots of water. This is overall a healthy practice, but for young people with braces, frequently drinking water will keep the mouth moist, as well as help wash down food particles which may be the cause of bad breath, plaque, and cavities.
- Avoid biting into things (corn on the cob is a big no-no, as well as bread, apples, and other fruits). Not only will this usually be painful, but there’s always the danger of loosening brackets and getting food stuck everywhere. Slice things up first or tear food into smaller pieces, and then place the food on your tongue.
- Keep child-grade mild pain relievers handy. Pain is most intense after adjustments of the braces; for children who simply cannot bear the pain any longer, these mild pain relievers will prove to be helpful in diminishing the discomfort.