Braces in
Houston, TX

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Braces

Congratulations! You have made a good decision to undergo orthodontic treatment and are well on your way to enjoying a more beautiful smile. As you already know, the braces will remain on your teeth for a few months. To enjoy a more positive experience throughout the course of the treatment, take note of the following:

Pain and Discomfort. Any tooth movement is uncomfortable, yet Six Month Smiles tends to be the most comfortable of braces. After the braces have been installed on your teeth, it is normal for you to experience some discomfort and pain. It may even be difficult for you to speak and eat at first. There is constant pressure subjected to your teeth and it could cause some pain, you can take analgesic tablets (such as Advil, Tylenol, etc.) to receive some relief but note that most patients get used to the feeling fairly quickly. You will eventually be more comfortable and accustomed to the braces in your mouth, just be a little patient.

Oral Hygiene. The braces are composed of brackets, wires, and rubbers and they will make it more difficult for you to clean your teeth. Food can get stuck in between the components and cause tooth decay, so it is important for you to observe proper oral hygiene practices. You can use the regular toothbrush, floss, WaterPik and/or Super Floss or Floss Threader, but be careful when you do because you can easily dislodge any component of the braces.

Food. Having braces is quite a bit of a change and will definitely take some getting accustomed to. Your food choices will have to change when you are undergoing braces treatment because the components can get stained, broken or dislodged. Avoid hard, sticky and high staining foods to protect your braces. Your compliance will ensure the smooth flow of your treatment

Mouth Sores. It is normal and almost part and parcel of orthodontic treatment for patients to develop mouth sores because of the components. It could be very painful and uncomfortable in the beginning but when the sores heal, the soft tissue will form a callous that will prevent more sores. You can apply wax to your braces to prevent mouth sores. When sores develop, continue applying wax on the bracket and wire to protect the soft tissue from further trauma.

Brackets, Wires, and Elastics. The components of your braces can dislodge or break while in the mouth. When this happens, do not attempt to make repairs on your own. Contact us right away, so that proper adjustments and corrections may be done.

Adjustment Appointments. The success and completion of the treatment will rely on your compliance to appear for regular adjustment appointments. You could be asked to come back after 3 to 4 weeks; make sure to keep your appointment and to schedule one, right away, if you are unable to make it on the appointed day.

Living with Braces

If you have just gotten braces on, you’ll have noticed that it’s definitely a unique feeling and experience, and there will be some adjustments that you’ll need to make to your daily habits. But don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. It’s likely that your dentist or orthodontist has already gone over most of these with you, but consider this a take-home guide to remind you about how to take care of your teeth for the future months.

  • You still have to brush twice and floss once a day. Make sure you’re getting under the wires at every angle with your brush, and you will have to thread your floss through the wires.
  • If you have headgear, wear it! Even if you hate the way it looks and feels, it will be worth it in the long run once you have that perfect smile.
  • You will be sore the first few days after getting your braces on or getting them adjusted and tightened, so stick to foods that don’t require much chewing, like soup, applesauce, yogurt, smoothies, or milkshakes.
  • Avoid foods that are hard to bite or could easily get stuck in between your teeth and the wires. For example apples, bagels, taffy, corn on the cob, popcorn, carrots, and bubble gum.
  • If you get rubber bands to wear, wear them! They make a world of difference. Your dentist or orthodontist will know if you haven’t been using them and don’t be surprised if he/she extends your braces-wearing time another three to six weeks to make up for your negligence.
  • You still need to visit your dentist for your biannual cleanings while you have braces on.

Braces will demand extra time and effort be put into your oral health, but they’re working just as hard as you are. Braces align and straighten your teeth so that, once they’re off, you’ll have a smile you will be proud to wear; focus on that goal, and you’ll find the process to be over within no time.

Proper Oral Hygiene in Braces

Braces treatments have long brought beautiful smiles to patients all over the world. There is no doubting its power to make amazing smile transformations. Unfortunately, braces treatments take some time to complete. Within that period, patients have to deal with dental appliances stuck on their teeth, so oral hygiene becomes trickier.

To maintain the health and beauty of your smile, observe the following hygiene practices:

Brushing. Brushing your teeth is the most basic oral hygiene practice you can perform. You brush at least twice a day or after every meal, making sure to remove all food particles on your teeth and on the braces. Use the prescribed orthodontic brush to be able to clean your teeth properly or simply use the tip of your brush and allow the bristles to penetrate into the small opening on the brackets.

Flossing. Using a normal floss is going to be tricky and impossible when you have braces. As an alternative, a stiff end floss could be used to be able to clean in between teeth even with the wires attached.

Rinsing. What brushing and flossing cannot deal with, rinsing with mouthwash can tackle. Rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove adherent plaque from the teeth and brackets.

Fluoride. Fluoride applications can strengthen the teeth and make it less susceptible to caries attack. With the brackets on the teeth, plaque build-up is increased and bacterial attack is on the high. Fluoride affords extra protection to the teeth so that it is stronger against dental decay, throughout the course of the treatment.

Interdental Brushes. In lieu of the floss, you can use an interdental brush to clean in between teeth. The brush is soft and it can painlessly and dutifully remove food that has gotten stuck in between teeth.

Waterpik. Waterpik works on water pressure to flush any food particles that get stuck in between the teeth and brackets. The water pressure is strong enough to clean the mouth and remove disease-causing plaque.

The success of any smile transformation is due to the perfect partnership of the dentist and patient. When you make a decision to undergo braces treatment, you are also taking in the responsibility that comes along with it. Be responsible for your smile!

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