Tips for Adults With Braces

Tips for Adults With Braces

If you get braces as an adult, you’ll go through a different experience than a child who gets braces. For example, your treatment time will likely take a bit longer, because your bone tissue won’t be as malleable as bone tissue that is still developing.

The results, though, are usually just as spectacular, as Howard Spector, DDS, and our team at Millennium Park Orthodontics know. Adults make up more than half of our patients and about 33% of patients nationwide.

In this blog, Dr. Spector explains how you can take getting braces in stride as an adult.

Prepare for an adjustment period

Get ready to be sore. For the first week or two after you get your braces, your teeth and mouth will likely be uncomfortable. A heating pad or warm washcloth can help ease the soreness in your jaw.

You may also want to have ibuprofen or acetaminophen on hand to ease any pain. You’ll also want to have wax to put on your wires in case any portion irritates your cheeks.

Create a braces care kit

If you get braces, you’ll need to take care of them. One great way to do this is to create a travel kit that you carry everywhere.

Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, wax, and even some lip balm. This way, if your plans change unexpectedly, you’ll always be ready to clean your teeth and braces after a meal.

Watch out for problem foods

Speaking of eating, be mindful of foods that could cause problems for your braces. Stay away from sticky and chewy foods or candy, so they don’t get stuck in your braces.

You should also avoid hard foods — such as hard candy or apples — which could loosen brackets or break wires. And, you shouldn’t eat too much sugary foods, which could lead to cavities and gum disease. Stick mostly to soft foods, and cut your food into smaller bites, so it will be easier to chew.

Take your oral hygiene seriously

Make doubly sure you follow your dentist’s and orthodontist’s recommendations for oral hygiene. You should brush for a minimum of twice a day. However, with braces, it’s better to brush after every meal.

And you should floss and use mouthwash at least once a day. Furthermore, you should visit your dentist and orthodontist regularly. If you don’t take your oral hygiene seriously, problems can arise quickly.

Don’t be afraid to call

If you do have a problem or even just a question, don’t hesitate to call our office. Our team will be available whenever you need our help, so you can achieve the best possible outcome from your treatment.

If you want to get that great smile you’ve always wanted, we can help. To learn more, call 312-726-9528 to book an appointment with Millennium Park Orthodontics today.

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