Although the different types of braces available today are much more aesthetically pleasing than the bulky metal styles of the past, some patients still have a difficult time adjusting to their new look. Understanding what to expect before, during, and after braces help people feel more at ease about the whole process.
Preparation For Braces
Orthodontists and their especially trained staff members help parents explain the process to younger children so they know how to care for their teeth while wearing braces. They can also discuss some food limitations and the various teeth-friendly fruits & vegetables that can be enjoyed in place of other crispy, chewy, or sticky foods.
Proper Oral Hygiene
New patients can choose from a variety of different types of braces depending on the overall condition of their bite and any other unique needs or considerations. Choosing braces colors and styles is the fun part, but caring for teeth after braces have been applied is serious business. Using a proper oral rinse after meals and before or after brushing can be instrumental in dislodging food particles from the braces. Special tools are available to help individuals with braces carefully floss their teeth daily. In addition, it is vitally important to thoroughly brush teeth, gums, and braces at least twice per day.
Eating well while wearing braces is important for two main reasons. First, some foods and drinks, such as citrus fruits and sugary sodas, can damage tooth enamel. Second, braces can be sensitive and break when patients try to bite into hard foods such as corn on the cob or apples. Teeth-friendly fruits & vegetables such as bananas and grapes are perfect choices for individuals with braces. Bananas provide essential calcium and potassium that helps keep bones and teeth strong and healthy.
Beach Braces has the right team of orthodontic specialist in Manhattan Beach to help you achieve that beautiful smile.
Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.