Living with Braces

Living with Braces

Our Maple Ridge orthodontists understand that getting used to living with braces takes time. So today we're sharing few tips to help you through the adjustment period, and to make life with braces a little easier.

What to Expect

Over the course of your braces treatment, your mouth is going to go through a lot of changes. The truth is that you are going to be living with your braces for a number of months so it's important to understand right from the beginning, how to care for your teeth and what you should expect from your orthodontic treatment.

Eating With Braces 

Just because you have braces there is no need to stop eating all of the foods you love, you just need to exercise a little caution when eating. If you're careful, and keep a few limitations in mind, you'll be able to eat many of the foods you love without hurting your teeth or damaging your braces. 

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

While you have braces, brushing and flossing regularly will be more important than ever. Thorough brushing at least twice daily, and flossing once a day are essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment.

Caring for your Braces or Dental Appliance

It's important to take good care of your braces or dental appliance if you want to keep your treatment on-track. Be sure to clean your teeth and braces properly every day.

If your orthodontic treatment includes a removable appliance, take the time to clean your appliance twice a day whenever you clean your teeth. Soak your appliance in denture cleaner regularly to help keep it free from plaque and bacteria. Soaking will also help to improve the taste of your dental appliance, but remember that soaking does not replace the need for cleaning your appliance properly.

Retainer & Expander Instructions

Click HERE for complete instructions on how to care for your expander or retainer. Understanding how to clean and care for your expander or retainer is key to keeping it functioning properly and getting the best results from your treatment. 

Athletic Mouth Guards

If you play sports, it's important wear an athletic mouth guard to protect your teeth and braces. There is absolutely no reason to let braces stop you from having your best game ever but remember to care for your smile! 

If you'd like to learn more about what to expect from your orthodontic treatment, contact our Maple Ridge orthodontists today. 

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