14th February 2020
Get the Most Out of Your Adult Braces: Part 1
Get The Most Out Of Your Adult Braces: Part 1
At Blossom Dental, a private dentist in York, we understand that wearing adult braces can feel like a big change. From the ultra-discreet Damon braces to the virtually invisible Invisalign braces, we offer lots of options for teeth straightening at our dental practice. Whatever you choose, we’ll go over our top ways to get the most out of your new adult braces – and the best out of your smile. You can also read part 2 here.
Clean well and often
With fixed adult braces, we’d advise cleaning them after mealtimes, as food particles may get stuck in the brackets. Removable braces also need cleaning – for Invisalign braces, we suggest using their special solution. Avoid using anything abrasive on these clear braces, as this can affect the transparency and make them appear more visible in your mouth.
In addition to your adult braces, don’t forget about your teeth. A good oral routine is key to a healthy, happy smile – so brushing and flossing twice a day is absolutely essential. If you have fixed Damon braces and need advice on how to clean them – and your teeth – effectively, don’t hesitate to book in with our team.
Wear them overnight
With removable braces like Invisalign, it can be tempting to take them out at night – even for a one-off. But these clever, comfy, clear braces need 20-22 hours of wear a day to effectively straighten your smile, and taking them out for sleeping can actually delay the process and require a longer overall treatment time.
Watch what you eat
It’s worth mentioning that for fixed braces like Damon, you might need to make some slight dietary changes, as you may need to avoid foods like chewy, sticky sweets. For Invisalign, you can keep eating what you always have done – as long as you ensure you wear these clear braces for the right amount of time.
As a dental practice, one food stuff that we’re often asked about is chewing gum. While sugar-free gum has been linked to some good oral health benefits, we don’t advise anyone who wears adult braces to chew gum. With fixed braces, the gum could get stuck in the brackets or wires, and it’s not advised to eat while wearing removable braces, in case the aligners are damaged. In addition, repeatedly removing your adult braces to chew gum means there’s less time for them to do their straightening work.
Of course, there are lots more tips besides this for your adult braces – see part 2 here for even more suggestions and in the meantime, if you’re looking for a private dentist here in York, don’t hesitate to book in with our practice.