Traditional braces are one of the most common things that we do here at Robinson Orthodontics. We will apply the braces to the teeth, check them to make sure that they are doing their job properly, tighten them when need be so that you will end up with the desired results, and remove them when it is time. Children who are as young as six or seven might need to have braces, and plenty of adults will have them as well. The most common age range for traditional braces is the preteen or teen years. If you or your child are to have traditional metal braces, you will need to do your part. You need to take good care of your teeth and the braces so that you will not have any problems.
What You Need to Know About Caring for Traditional Braces
Traditional metal braces can make a real difference in your smile, but there are some things that you should do, and some things that you should avoid. Here are the basics of caring for your traditional braces.
Brushing is essential if you have braces. You will need to brush after you eat so that there will be no food caught in your braces. Carry a soft-bristled toothbrush with you, as well as toothpaste with fluoride. You will want to floss as well; we will teach you how in our office.
You will want to examine your braces often in a mirror. Look for anything that is broken or out of place. If you discover a problem, notify us immediately.
While you have your braces, you will want to stay away from certain types of food. Anything that is chewy such as caramel is not a good idea because it will stick to your teeth and it is hard to remove from braces with a toothbrush. Hard candies and anything that is difficult to chew also should be avoided. You will want to stay away from chewing gum. Do not chew ice either. Another food that you might want to avoid is popcorn. The leftover small parts of the outside of the kernel can get stuck in your braces.
If you are going to play sports, let us know. Depending on the sport, we will want to fit you with a mouthguard. This will protect both your teeth and your braces. Do not buy the mouthguard at the local sporting goods store. It is a better idea to have one custom made for your mouth.
Traditional metal braces have been straightening teeth and giving people better smiles for generations. While they might take a while from the time that you receive them until you are finished, they will be worth it in the long run. Braces can give you a smile that you are going to want to show off. Here at Robinson Orthodontics, we would love to help you to achieve that smile. Call (541) 441-8288 to make the appointment. We would be happy to answer all of your questions as well.