November 7th, 2017
The holidays are coming up, and there will be lost of great food to enjoy. However, if you currently have braces, then you will still need to take good care of them in order to avoid prolonging your orthodontic treatment.
Before the holidays start, the first thing you should do is set up an appointment with to have your braces checked. If you cannot do this, then be sure you have enough elastic bands and wax to last until your next visit.
What You Should Avoid
While you have braces, one of the most important foods to avoid is popcorn. Popcorn kernels are notorious for getting stuck in wires and brackets, and it can be extremely difficult to get them out. In addition to getting stuck in your braces, popcorn kernels can also cause pain, or even bleeding, in your gums.
Sweets like cookies and candy are a big part of the holidays. However, if you develop a layer of excess sugar on your teeth, then it can potentially cause decay. Don’t forget to brush your teeth after you eat your holiday sweets.
Taking Care of Your Braces
Flossing: Be sure to floss your teeth multiple times a day. It is important to floss between each tooth, even if it may not be easy to reach. If you have difficulty flossing between the brackets, then floss threaders can make it much easier.
Water Pik: If flossing causes pain or bleeding in your gums, then you may want to try a Water Pik. A Water Pik is an oral irrigation device that uses water to achieve a similar effect to flossing.
Brushing: You should brush your teeth and braces before going to bed, as well as after every meal. Look for an interdental toothbrush, which is a toothbrush made specifically for braces. It can help you to reach between brackets and under wires.
Elastics: If you have been given elastics, then you should almost always be wearing them. The exceptions are when you are either brushing your teeth or eating. It is important not to forget to wear your elastics because not doing so can cause your teeth to shift. This will make your treatment take longer.
Travel Kit: If you and your family are going to be traveling during the holiday season, then be sure to bring a braces kit with you. You should keep floss, wax, mouthwash, elastics and a small toothbrush in this kit.
If you follow these simple guidelines, then you will be able to enjoy this holiday season to the fullest while keeping your teeth healthy and your orthodontic treatment on schedule. If you have any questions about taking care of your braces during the holidays, then feel free to contact your Frisco and Allen Orthodontists today.