braces1So you just got braces? Congratulations! You’re on your way to straighter teeth, a healthier mouth and the spectacular smile you’ve always dreamed of.

At Pavlik Orthodontics we know that patients who have just gotten braces put on often have a lot of questions about what effect it will have on their day to day lives. Below you’ll find some helpful tips for new braces patients to help ensure your experience. You can also always contact our office at (352) 376-5055 with any additional questions you may have.

Brushing with Braces

It is extremely important to brush and floss consistently when you have braces. You not only need to think about making sure your teeth and gums are healthy, but you now also have to keep in mind keeping your appliance clean. Food particles can be very easily trapped inside braces. If not taken care of properly, this can lead to decay and gum disease. To keep your braces clean, regularly use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to thoroughly clean your teeth and braces after every meal.

Foods to Avoid

For the most part, simple common sense will tell you what foods to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar should be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize your intake of sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil/pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should also be avoided.

Your Teeth Will Feel Loose

Don’t worry about your teeth feeling slightly loose while you’re wearing braces. This is completely normal and is only temporary. Your teeth must loosen a bit so that they can move into a corrected position. They will become rigidly fixed in their new, straightened positions near the end of your treatment.

Sports and Musical Instruments

You can still enjoy playing both sports and musical instruments while wearing braces. For sports we recommend the use of a mouthguard to protect your appliance and your teeth. Certain instruments, such as woodwinds, may take a little time to get used to playing with braces, but with practice you will sound as good as ever!