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Living with Braces – Crucial Tips for Teens

As a teenager, knowing you need braces can be a daunting experience. Fortunately, technological advancements mean there are more options available to you than ever before. Once you know how to live with your braces, you’ll hardly notice they are there until it’s time for them to come off! Once they do come off, you’ll be left with a healthy, straightened smile that will definitely make the entire process worth it.

There are some important things you need to know when it comes to living with braces. Read on for our top tips.

Avoid Certain Foods

It can be more difficult to clean your teeth while you are wearing braces, so avoid certain foods and drinks that may be harmful to your teeth. Acidic drinks like soft drinks and sugary foods can get stuck in braces or harm your tooth enamel. If you do have a treat, then make sure you brush or rinse your teeth out afterwards.

Keep on Smiling 

It can take a little time to accept, but the fact is you’re going to be wearing braces for some time and you should wear your smile too. Braces are now extremely common and people are more likely to notice you trying to cover your mouth or not smile than they are your braces.

 If You Play Sports Wear a Mouthguard

A bump to the mouth or jaw will be even more painful if you’re wearing braces. You could cause serious cuts or injury to your gums or mouth in the process. Avoid this by wearing a mouthguard if you play contact sports.

Keep Going to Your Appointments

Your dental appointments are crucial in the time you are wearing braces. If you skip appointments you’re bound to be wearing your braces for even longer as the dentist won’t be able to do the adjustments necessary for your teeth to continue straightening.

Eat Soft Foods if You’re Feeling Any Discomfort

When you first start using braces, whether they are removable like Invisalign or conventional braces, you may feel some sensitivity in your teeth that makes it harder to eat certain foods. This might also happen after some of your dental appointments when your braces are adjusted.

If you’re feeling any pain, the best way to avoid it is to eat soft foods. Generally, any discomfort doesn’t last long and your teeth will be back to normal in no time.

Titirangi Knows Braces

At Titirangi Dental, we deliver excellent options when it comes to braces, including innovative self-ligating braces and the popular Invisalign treatment. For all your braces needs, contact Titirangi Dental or visit us in West Auckland to make an appointment.

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