What Types Of Foods Need To Be Avoided With Braces?
If you have braces, then you know that eating some of your favorite foods can become more difficult. Foods such as caramel, taffy, gum, or any sticky food should be avoided while wearing braces because they can become stuck in the brackets and are very difficult to remove. Hard foods such as raw carrots and apples should also be cooked or cut into small pieces, so you don’t damage the wires or brackets. In addition, crunchy items like chips and popcorn should also not be eaten regularly, as they could loosen or damage the braces when bitten into. With a few minor adjustments to your diet, you can still enjoy tasty meals, even with braces!
How Do I Best Keep My Braces Clean?
Keeping your braces clean is essential to protecting your teeth and gums from bacteria, food debris, and other plaque build-ups. Proper daily brushing and flossing is the primary way to ensure your braces stay clean. It’s important to brush all surfaces of your teeth and any areas between the brackets and wires of your braces after each meal or snack. This will help remove plaque build-up that can cause gum irritation or decay. Additionally, using an interdental toothbrush is a good idea, which can help get into hard-to-reach places between your braces and prevent tartar build-up. If you’re having trouble brushing or flossing with regular tools while wearing braces, you can also purchase specifically designed orthodontic cleaning tools. With proper care and regular visits to your dentist and our office for checkups, you’ll ensure that you maintain a healthy smile even while wearing braces!
Do Braces Hurt?
When it comes to braces, one of the most common questions dentists hear is, “Do they hurt?”. The truth is that braces typically don’t cause any long-lasting discomfort. Most patients experience some tenderness for a few days after their initial fitting appointment and following adjustments. However, thanks to modern technology, braces are much more comfortable than ever before, and with regular oral care, parents and children can be sure that any discomfort from braces will remain minimal.
You can rest assured that at Burrow Welchel and Culp Orthodontics, we offer 24-hour emergency availability to talk directly to a doctor if you ever have an appliance emergency or continued discomfort.
Should I Continue To See My Family Dentist While In Braces?
Absolutely! Seeing your family dentist while wearing braces is an important part of maintaining optimal oral health. Visiting your family dentist regularly will help ensure that you have a straighter, healthier smile at the end of your treatment. Ultimately, continuing to see your family dentist while in braces is a great way to ensure optimal oral health and results.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment varies from case to case, depending on the severity of the issue and the level of care needed. Depending on the severity of your orthodontic issue, you may find that the cost of treatment is significantly less than you anticipated. At the first appointment, we will go through all of the costs in detail. Your retainers and follow-up appointments are included in the specified price, as are all office visits.