5 Tips for living with braces

If you or your child has braces, these 5 top tips are sure to come in handy!

Use wax

Keeping wax handy is one of the most invaluable tips there are when it comes to having braces. There is nothing more annoying than having a catchy bracket or wire causing irritation in your mouth. Wax really is a lifesaver when it comes to easing this situation.

Place a little ball of wax on the area that is rubbing or catching and this will provide you with some relief.

Avoid certain foods

The fact of the matter is that when you have braces, it is best to steer clear of certain foods. Toffee apples, we’re looking at you! There are many different reasons to avoid certain foods. Hard foods like chips and pretzels can cause pieces of the braces to break. Popcorn kernels can become stuck between your braces and chewing gum can become entangled. Rather than getting into a sticky situation (quite literally) avoid eating certain foods when wearing braces.

Clean your braces

This should go without saying. Though it is extremely important! You should brush your braces as often as possible to keep them clean and to stop your teeth from staining. We understand that it can be a lot harder to brush your teeth and floss around the braces. This makes you more susceptible to cavities and teeth staining. You should purchase an interdental brush and special floss to clean in between your braces to ensure a thorough job!

Follow your orthodontist’s orders

Your orthodontist will provide you with a set of instructions and it is imperative that you follow them. From wearing elastics to other apparatus that he/she may prescribe. Failing to follow your orthodontist’s instructions can result in needing to wear braces for longer than planned. Following your orthodontist’s instructions will ensure that your treatment goes according to plan.

Style with colour bands

The exciting part about braces is that you can personalise them by selecting various colours and colour schemes from the bands that will be placed around your brackets. You can match them to your school’s colours or simply select your favourite colour. You may also choose a particular colour to enhance your features such as your eyes.

Colours can be changed at each appointment if you wish.

Thinking of the colour you wish to select for your braces can actually help you look forward to your appointments with your orthodontist!

These tips can help make having braces (for you or your child) a lot easier.