It used to be that braces and other orthodontia were more commonly found in pre-teens and teenagers than adults. This is changing as it becomes more socially acceptable for adults to wear braces. Why is this happening? The accessibility of orthodontia could be why this is happening. If you are an adult who has recently had braces installed, these tips will help to ease some of the sting.
1. Brush your teeth every time you eat.
Typically, dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you have braces, you need to brush after every time you eat. When food becomes trapped in the wires and brackets, particles can more easily get stuck, resulting in cavities and decay.
2. Rinse your mouth with water throughout the day.
Rinsing with water helps to loosen some of the food particles that get stuck in braces. Even if you can't brush after a meal, quickly rinsing and spitting will help eliminate the chances of decay.
3. Instead of regular floss, use waxed floss.
Waxed floss is much more effective than other options when you have braces. Waxed floss slides easily and is not as likely to snag on the metal in your mouth.
4. You can't eat all of your favorite foods.
When you have braces, you sometimes need to give up on some of your favorite meals. Gone are the days where you could eat starchy foods throughout the day. This can lead to decay. You also need to avoid things that can become sticky and even remove brackets. These include dried fruits, caramel, and saltwater taffy. Also avoid popcorn, jerky, and nuts.
5. Wires and bands may come loose - be prepared.
Unfortunately, this happens occasionally. If you feel a wire poking into your gum, cheek, or lip, you can push it back into place and apply wax to prevent irritation. The orthodontist may also be able to clip it for you or fix it so that it is no longer a problem.
6. Embarrassed? Consider Invisalign.
Invisalign is a common suggestion for adults who are fearful of showing up to the office in braces. Of course, there is no shame in having better looking teeth, but Invisalign can provide relief.
Your braces can leave you with a new set of pearly whites that leave you looking and feeling good. Talk to your dentist or an orthodontist today to learn more about your options