Wearing Braces? Avoid these 10 Mistakes
If you’ve just started wearing braces Haven, congratulations! You are on the way to having a great smile. As with any new endeavor, there will be some challenges that come up along the way. The good news is that most of these can be avoided if you know what they are ahead of time.
Not brushing your teeth properly: this seems like an obvious one, but it needs to be said nonetheless. Braces can trap food and bacteria in hard-to-reach areas, which may lead to tooth decay or gum disease if not properly cared for.
Not brushing the wires: much like your teeth, if you don’t take care of your braces they may make it difficult to eat or speak properly. Food and bacteria can find their way onto the metal wires that are between each tooth; if not cleaned off regularly this could lead to problems with overall health as well as discomfort during eating due to sharp edges on unkempt braces.
Avoiding certain foods: some types of food just simply won’t be possible to bite into while wearing braces until they come off (if ever). Foods such as carrots require a lot more chewing than something softer like pizza crust, so avoid them altogether! Others will need special attention when biting down in order not to cause damage.
Doing your own dental work: this is a big one that you need to be aware of, so important in fact that most orthodontists will refuse to provide care unless the patient has an adult present during appointments. Not only are there many things about braces and teeth they do not teach children in school (such as proper brushing techniques), but any removal or adjustment of appliances should always be done by someone with experience!
Not wearing rubber bands like prescribed: no matter how aggravating these little guys may seem at times, it’s very important you wear them when directed; avoiding doing so can lead to increased discomfort while eating and speaking clearly because the wires won’t be held tightly together. Similarly, missing too much time without rubber bands can also cause problems with how your teeth fit together when you do wear them.