A new life with braces is not hard! Many patients worry that because they have braces they can no longer eat for two to three years; fortunately, this is just a myth! The truth is, you can enjoy many of the treats which you love; however you will need to pay special attention to those foods which will damage your newly acquired braces!
Good News! Athletes, you can still engage in after-school sports while getting orthodontic treatment. However, if you are undergoing treatment you must take precaution when playing contact-sports such as football, basketball, etc. In order to protect your braces and your teeth, we suggest that you use a mouth guard for safety. Using a mouth guard can prevent broken brackets, cut lips, bent wires.
You’ve already invested thousands of dollars in your orthodontic treatment, so don’t let it go to waste! Brushing and flossing on a regular-basis cannot be emphasized any more. Now is the time when brushing and flossing effectively count the most. The absence of proper hygiene can lead to teeth staining and increased plaque-build up. When plaque builds up around the appliances, it can cause scarring and spotting on your teeth. These scars and spots are usually permanent and ruin the appearance of the teeth. Therefore, it is vital that you brush after meals and floss on a consistent basis.