Looking After Braces

Girl getting her braces checked by a dentistWhen patients get braces in Kent, they are usually given a set of care instructions. There is no substitute for guidance from a qualified professional. However, a good way to begin to prepare for braces is to understand what kind of commitment is required. Patients often find the whole process easier if they know what to expect before it starts.

Dental hygiene is important. People only get one set of adult teeth. Repairing or replacing them can be lengthy, costly and uncomfortable. This becomes even more vital once braces are in place. Different types of braces in Kent, such as those available from Staplehurst Dental, require different forms of care.

Removable braces in Kent

Many people enjoy the flexibility and freedom of removable braces. While they still need to be worn most of the time, they can be taken out for special moments and for meal times. This means that they do not restrict food choices in any way. Patients who opt for removable braces are advised to take a toothbrush with them wherever they go. This is because they need to brush their teeth after every meal, snack or drink before reinserting their braces. This helps to keep the mouth clean and fresh, protects the teeth and prevents discolouration of the aligner.

Fixed braces in Kent

Fixed braces require some discernment when it comes to food choices. People with braces can eat most foods, but may want to avoid particularly chewy or crunchy choices, as these can damage their equipment. Some types of food are more likely to get trapped in the braces, but this can be mitigated with thorough brushing.

It is possible to continue to play contact sports with braces but a mouth guard is usually advisable. This prevents damage to the braces and to the inside of the patient’s mouth. Any activity that involves the mouth or risk of forceful contact should be discussed with a dental professional during the consultation phase before braces are fitted.

Any accidental damage to fixed braces should be addressed as soon as possible after it happens. This is because, when braces are broken, they are often ineffective and the break can affect overall treatment length.

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