The Orthodontics team at Angel Smile Orthodontics will be able to advise you on your braces and teeth. If you do not take their advice, the brace may take longer to work and the treatment may be unsuccessful. If your brace is damaged or broken, this can also delay the treatment.
How often should I see the dentist while I am wearing my brace?
You will need to have your brace adjusted regularly to make sure it is working properly. Usually you will have an appointment roughly every six to eight weeks. It is very important that you go to these appointments, or the brace will take a lot longer to work.
Can I eat normally?
Eating the wrong foods can damage or break your brace. For the first few days, it may be better to keep to soft foods. You should avoid having sticky, chewy and sugary foods. Chewing gum is not recommended as it can stick on your braces. Avoid hard foods, and if you are eating apples, carrots or crusty rolls remember to cut them up to eat rather than biting directly in to them so that you do not dislodge a fixed brace. These foods are likely to break the wires and brackets that are part of your brace.
At first it is best to cut your food into small pieces and keep to a soft diet. Food may build up in the brackets and in between your teeth and will need careful cleaning to remove it. Avoid fizzy drinks, and fruit juices, as these are often high in sugar and can be acidic. This can lead to tooth decay and erosion. Fizzy drinks can also stain the brackets of your brace. If you drink these types of drinks, don’t sip the drink, use a straw instead.
Why should I look after my mouth when I have a brace?
It is very important you take the time and effort needed to keep your teeth and braces clean. Looking after your mouth will help you to avoid problems such as tooth decay, inflamed gums. It is also important to have a usual dental check-up with your regular dental team, this will make sure your teeth and mouth stay healthy.