Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s a time to celebrate with indulgences such as candies and rich foods. If you or your loved one have braces, there are some ways to make sure that you keep them safe and keep your orthodontic progress on track for a great smile.
If you think being braces-safe means missing out on all the fun, it doesn’t. You can still partake with a bit of forethought and planing ahead. Here are some orthodontist-recommended tips to get your braces through the holiday unscathed.
Be Mindful Of What You Eat And Drink
While wearing braces, certain foods should be avoided to help prevent issues such as broken brackets or cavities. You want to avoid foods such as :
- Sticky candies like Airheads ,Laffy Taffy, and Starbursts
These sweets are some of the most common ones that you will be offered on Valentine’s Day, so be sure to avoid them as much as possible. If you do want candy, chocolate that is not filled with sticky fillings or hard bits such as nuts would be acceptable in moderation.
An option that would be safer for your braces may be to enjoy a spread of fresh fruits and vegetables. They are nutritious and delicious. They may even help you avoid gum disease and tooth decay. Fruits and vegetables also have vitamins and minerals that keep your teeth strong and healthy.
When it comes to drinks, avoiding sugary sodas is also a good idea for people with braces. You might consider replacing the soda with milk, tea, or water instead.
Don’t Forget Dental Hygiene
Taking care of your teeth is important. When you are wearing braces, you need to be even more conscientious of your dental hygiene. If you do not take proper care of your braces, it could lead to issues like:
- Loss of tooth enamel
Being proactive is the best way to avoid these issues. Some dental hygiene tips for people with braces are:
- Clean your teeth after every meal. If you can’t brush, at least rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to remove food particles.
- Brush your teeth well twice a day
- Floss teeth (and between braces) at least once a day
Following this advice, as well as any individual care instructions from your orthodontist will make a significant difference in your teeth. You can avoid problems and even speed up progress toward optimal alignment and straighter teeth.
What Do Braces Treat?
Before you let yourself get discouraged and think braces are a hindrance to having fun, let’s look at the numerous conditions and dental issues they can be used to treat:
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Jaw misalignment
You can enjoy Valentine’s Day festivities while also avoiding damage to your teeth and braces. If you heed this advice, you’ll be one step closer to the smile you’ve always wanted.