17th February 2020
Get the Most Out of Your Adult Braces: Part 2
Get The Most Out Of Your Adult Braces: Part 2
At our dental practice here in York, we offer both fixed Damon and removable Invisalign adult braces to help straighten teeth. While we’ll give you as much information as possible about braces during your time with us, we understand that there are lots of questions you’ll have about your treatment. So, in this article and in part 1 here, we go over our top ways to get the most out of your new adult braces – and the best out of your smile.
Invest in a mouth guard
Those who play sports or exercise intensively and wear fixed adult braces may need to invest in a mouth guard to protect their braces and more importantly, their teeth. If an accident does happen, it’s worth booking in with our private dentists here in York to ensure nothing has been damaged – though if it has and you’re waiting for an appointment, you may be able to use wax to ease any discomfort. Similarly, those who play instruments can use wax while your mouth adjusts to the braces.
For Invisalign braces, you’ll be able to remove them while exercising, if necessary – though make sure this won’t impact on your overall wear, as it’s important to wear them for 20-22 hours a day.
Book regular check-ups
When it comes to looking after your oral health, your smile and your braces, it pays to book in for regular check-ups. We’ll always advise our patients on when to come back in and see us, and don’t forget that with Invisalign braces, you’ll have replacement aligners every few weeks to move your teeth on to the next stage of treatment – which is the perfect opportunity to take a look at your mouth, teeth and gums. For fixed braces, your changing smile can lead to the wires causing discomfort, so check-ups are essential in keeping your mouth comfortable and clean.
Keep an eye on changes
While a level of discomfort or pressure may be experienced when you change Invisalign brace aligners, or when your fixed braces are adjusted, the duration of your treatment shouldn’t interfere with day-to-day life. If you’re finding your braces are causing you severe pain or tenderness, or you notice any troubling signs, we recommend booking in with us to help identify the problem.
We’re widely known in the community for being absolutely committed to our patients’ dental health and happiness, so for more tips on looking after your new adult braces, please get in touch with our private dentists here in York – and don’t forget to read part 1 for even more advice.