Living with braces
Wearing braces may seem daunting at first, but once you have them fitted and are used to the feel of them in your mouth, life will carry on pretty much as normal. There are a few adjustments you’ll need to make to your diet and oral hygiene routine, which we’ve outlined below, but on the whole, these won’t impact on your lifestyle.
Eating with braces
When you have braces you need to pay close attention to your diet. Foods which could break or pull the brackets off your teeth, must be avoided, such as hard, sticky and crunchy foods. It is also important to limit the amount of sugar in your diet, as sugar can get in and around the brackets and cause cavities.
Foods which should be avoided during treatment:
|Hard foods||Sticky Lollies|
Meat on bones
Large pieces of tough steak
Corn on the cob
It is also important that you do not:
- Drink too much soft drink
- Chew your nails
- Chew your pen
- Open water bottles with your teeth
Brushing with braces
Many people ask if it’s possible to brush your teeth when you’re wearing braces. The answer is yes and it is incredibly important that you do. Dr Tselepis and his caring team will show you how to brush with braces properly as it is important you remove all trapped food and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth – including the fronts, backs, tops and underwires. You’ll also need to pay close attention to the gumline as plaque left there can make your gums sore and swollen.
5 top tips for brace care:
- Use the toothbrush and toothpaste recommended by Dr Tselepis and use them regularly.
- Brush your teeth and braces vigorously until they are spotlessly clean four times a day for at least three minutes each time.
- If you are unable to brush your teeth immediately after a meal, be sure to rinse with water until you can brush.
- Carry a special travel toothbrush when you are away from home.
- Rinse thoroughly after brushing. Make sure you swish the water all around your mouth and teeth.
It may sound frustrating to maintain this level of brushing but remember, your teeth are important and you want to have them for the rest of your life.