You and your braces will become good friends over the course of your treatment. However, that’ll only be the case if you take good care of your braces. So, our Spilsbury Orthodontics team would like to help you by recommending that you do the following things to prevent a rocky road ahead:
–Floss: Flossing is the best way to prevent gum disease and other dental issues, but sometimes flossing is tough when you have braces. So, to make flossing easier, talk to your orthodontic team about floss threaders. Use these threaders and make sure to floss at least once a day.
–Avoid eating sticky or hard foods: It’s best to avoid eating products like toffee, caramel, gum, and other sticky treats because they can easily break your brackets and wires. Your braces will thank you if you avoid eating them altogether.
–Chew with your back teeth: It’s best to do most of your chewing with the back teeth. If you chew or bite into food with your front teeth, there is a high chance that you will damage your orthodontic appliance. So, try cutting hard-to-eat foods into small pieces and chewing them with your back teeth.
–Wear rubber bands and headgear: Rubber bands and headgear might seem annoying, but if you don’t wear them, you could increase your treatment time by months. So, it’s best to wear them at the recommended times so you don’t have issues in the future.
If you have any questions about these tips, or if you would like to know more about braces in Henderson, Nevada, then please call our office today at 702-434-0063 and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Darrell Spilsbury. We are so happy to help you in any way we can!