The first step towards the smile you desire is having your appliance placed, but there is a lot more to treatment than just putting your braces on. From our side, there is lots of monitoring your progress, adjusting your braces, and providing you with the knowledge and support that you need to be successful in your treatment. And for you as one of our Denver braces patients, there will be the day-to-day care that must take place in order to keep your teeth healthy and keep your treatment on track. To get the best results, follow our guide below from now until you are finished with treatment.
However, there will be foods that you must avoid throughout your treatment. These foods are avoided because they pose a great risk to your appliance, and any damage could end up hurting your results and extending your treatment time.
- Sticky Foods: These foods are any that stick to your teeth while you eat them. Caramels are a clear example of sticky foods, as are taffy and toffee.
- Hard Foods: If you have to bite into the food with force, it is a hard food. Apples and carrots fall into this category, but to ensure you can keep eating healthy, cook your veggies and cut your fruits into smaller pieces.
- Crunchy Foods: If the food offers a satisfying crunch as you chew it, it is a crunchy food. Popcorn, chips, and hard pretzels all quality as crunchy foods.
- Tough Foods: Tough foods are those you really have to chew and chew and chew. Bagels, steaks, and ribs usually qualify as tough foods. Slow cook your meats to prevent them from being too tough for your braces.
And if ever you are in doubt, give us a call. Our team members are always happy to help our Aurora braces patients.
When we told you that you needed braces, what was the first question that came to mind? For the majority of our patients, that question is, “Will having braces hurt?”
Genuine pain is not normal for our Denver, Centennial, and Aurora braces patients. If you ever experience true pain while in treatment, contact us immediately. What is normal, however, is mild to moderate soreness when the braces are placed and after each adjustment.
This sensation does not last for very long. The longest you should experience it is in the days after your appliance is originally placed; this is also when it will be most noticeable. After adjustments, this sensation goes away quickly and may not be noticeable except when eating.
Relief is easy to obtain. Salt-water rinses will help you get rid of the sensation without using medication. If you would prefer to use medicine, any OTC pain reliever will do.
If there is part of your appliance that is causing you trouble, you can cover the offending area with dental wax. Your mouth will eventually adjust and the wax will no longer be needed.
For many of our patients, this part of treatment is both unexpected and disconcerting. Our older patients have the most trouble with this since loose teeth have long been in the past for them. Despite the fact that it will feel odd, your teeth must loosen up if they are going to move; essentially, we cannot move a tooth that is firmly in place without causing pain and damage. Understand that this will only last as long as you are in treatment and that your teeth will firm back up into place once your treatment is complete.
Getting the best results from your treatment means that you must take good care of your appliance. When appliances are not properly cared for, they do not perform as well as they could. The doctor and his team will let you know the steps you must take to provide the proper care for your braces, and you should follow these steps faithfully. You also must ensure that you are able to attend your appointments on time so we can monitor your progress.
As you did before braces, you will need to floss at least once a day. Flossing changes once you have braces. Once again, we will teach you the proper technique, including how to thread with and without a floss threader.
This is a device sometimes used to protect your braces. If is placed on the back of the upper front teeth to stop your teeth from fully closing, preventing you from damaging your braces.