Wearing braces is a great investment in your oral health and your appearance. Orthodontic treatment can improve your smile, boost your self-esteem, and reduce your risks for many common oral health concerns. If you’re planning on wearing braces, you likely have questions for our orthodontist about how treatment will affect your day-to-day life. Here are some helpful tips on activities you should avoid.
Foregoing Necessary Dental Hygiene
Practicing good oral hygiene is always important but it’s especially important when you’re wearing braces. Food and surface debris can easily become trapped beneath orthodontic appliances. Mitigating this concern involves performing thorough brushing and flossing exactly as recommended by our orthodontist. Some patients invest in water irrigators to help keep their teeth cleaner while wearing braces.
Chewing ice is a destructive habit – with or without braces. If you have a habit of chewing ice, we strongly encourage you to break it. Not only does crunching on ice wear down your teeth, it can break orthodontic appliances like brackets and ligatures.
Using Your Teeth as Tools
Your teeth are not tools and should not be used to open bottles or packaging. Using your teeth as tools while wearing braces is particularly dangerous. The force from opening a bottle or a package could damage orthodontic appliances, which requires professional intervention to repair.
Considerations for Those Who Play Sports or Participate in Performing Arts
If you play sports, it is wise to invest in a mouthguard. Trauma to the face or head could cause severe injuries – especially if you are wearing orthodontic appliances. Custom mouthguards protect your teeth and gums so that you can enjoy sports and physical exercise.
For those who sing in choir or play instruments in orchestra or band, it is wise to avoid having new appliances (like palate expanders) placed or adjusted just before a performance. Orthodontic adjustments can cause some soreness for a few days and this could affect your ability to perform as well as you would like.
Call Fleming Orthodontics if you have questions about braces or would like to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist.