Braces can give you a great smile, but they can also give you self-confidence, better function, and healthier muscle function and jaw growth. Plus, well-aligned teeth often have far less wear and tear, making your smile look and feel great for years to come.
Dr. Olson not only has more than 20 years of experience with traditional orthodontic treatment methods, but also offers alternative orthodontic treatments, like the Myobrace®, to correct orthodontic problems early, and Simpli5™ clear aligners for an alternative to metal braces.
Regardless of which orthodontic treatment you choose, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind to have a successful orthodontic outcome.
Brushing and Flossing with Braces
The greatest challenge with braces is keeping your teeth clean. Brushing with braces is not more difficult, however it does take more time. Be sure to brush every tooth and all sides of every bracket with a gentle, circular motion. The importance of keeping your teeth clean, especially around the brackets, cannot be stressed enough. In order to floss with braces, you’ll need to thread the floss using a bridge threader underneath each wire.
Appliances should be brushed daily with cold or lukewarm water. Do not use hot water. When the appliance is not being worn place it in its case with the lid open, away from pets. Do not place it wrapped in a napkin, as it is commonly how appliances are lost or thrown away accidentally.
Eating with Braces
DO Eat: Softer foods like pasta, cooked vegetables, cheeses, hamburgers, applesauce, and cut-up fruit
DON’T Eat: Nuts, popcorn, beef jerky, ice, hard tacos, hard raw fruits/vegetables such as apples or carrots, sticky foods, and sugary drinks
Discomfort from Braces
Treatment today is usually far less uncomfortable than it was for previous generations; however, when you first get your braces or appliance, you may notice your teeth and mouth feeling sore or tender. This is completely normal. We recommend taking Tylenol or ibuprofen as directed on the bottle. The soreness should subside within a week. If you find that a wire or bracket is irritating your cheek or gums, cover it with a small piece of dental wax.
If you every have questions about your braces, or if any part of your appliance breaks, be sure to call our Eau Claire dental office right away. A member of our team will be more than happy to assist.