Braces have come a long way from the days of teenagers living uncomfortably with a mouth full of silver metal braces to straighten teeth. Today’s braces can be clear and are much more comfortable , however there is still some adjustments to a child’s routine that will need to be made, based on wearing orthodontics braces.
Children who wear them need to keep their teeth clean. Brushing after all meals is essential, as is regular flossing between and around the braces to make sure that all trapped food is being caught.
There are also certain foods that should be avoided because they can damage braces or be hard to clean. These foods include popcorn and hard sticky lollies. Also hard foods can break orthodontics braces or pieces can get stuck behind the wire.
Sometimes playing a wind instrument can take some time to get used to whilst wearing braces. If your child plays the trumpet, clarinet, flute or similar, they may feel some pressure on the inside of their lips from the braces. It may be uncomfortable at first; however this can be easily managed with the use of orthodontic wax.
Having braces shouldn’t have much of a major impact on your child’s routine. There will be more appointments than before, a little more care will need to be taken, but after a while these will be become second nature. Just remember, this little inconvenience now will make way for perfect straight teeth for when your braces come off.
If you are unsure what is the best way to manage your child’s new braces routine, or what activities may potentially change due to braces for kids, contact the team at Norwest Orthodontics on 9672 6113.