Taking Care of Your Braces During the Holidays

Steiner Ranch Orthodontist Offers Tips to take care of your braces during the holidays

The holidays are just around the corner. This means the thought of food and delicious treats begins to fill our minds! But, don’t forget about those braces; you want them to stay intact and in good shape. That’s why RJ Orthodontics near Steiner Ranch/River Place wants to ensure that everyone has a fun and enjoyable season, while keeping your braces and orthodontic treatment in perfect order.

Just before the holiday season starts, make an appointment to come by and get your braces checked by Dr. RJ. If you are unable to make the trip, make sure you have plenty of rubber bands, toothpaste, wax and retainer cases, so you aren’t left without the necessities. Going without rubber bands might prolong your treatment. Taking care of your braces during the holiday season requires a bit of effort, including keeping both your braces and your mouth clean.

Things you might want to avoid

Popcorn is one of the things you most want to avoid; popcorn kernels can pose a huge problem to braces. They can become lodged in your brackets and wires, and it’s difficult to remove all the pieces. Popcorn kernels can also cause pain, and in some cases, may cause bleeding in your gums. The holidays are also known for cookies and candy — sweets no one can resist! You don’t want to have an excess coating of sugar sitting on your teeth, since it can cause decay. Make sure you brush your teeth soon after enjoying your sweet treats.

Tips for Braces Care

Brushing: After each meal and before bedtime, brush your teeth and braces with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. There are special toothbrushes for braces called “interdental toothbrushes” that help get to those hard-to-reach places like under wires, between brackets and in the back of your mouth.

Flossing: Floss at least twice a day or even after each meal. Floss the areas between your teeth — even the hard to reach places. Floss threaders can make navigating between the brackets and around the braces easier.

Elastics: If Dr. RJ has provided you with elastics, wear them at all times. The only time you shouldn’t wear them is when eating and when brushing your teeth. Make sure you have the correct elastic size as well as some extras just in case you misplace them.  Failure to wear your elastics could increase the” risk of  your teeth shifting, thereby prolonging your treatment.

Water Pik: In addition to flossing, you can try the oral irrigation device, known as Water Pik. This device is a water power system that mimics flossing. For some, this system minimizes pain and bleeding in the gums, compared to flossing.

Travel Kit: If you are planning to travel during the holidays, having a braces kit is a great idea. Within this kit, keep a small toothbrush, floss, mouthwash, wax, elastics and a small mirror to check your smile. These are great for the car, backpack, bag, or purse.

The holidays are meant to be enjoyed by all, even if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. By remembering just a few things, you can be sure your new smile stays healthy and your treatment time remains on schedule. For questions, feel free to contact RJ Orthodontics in Steiner Ranch / River Place area of Austin.

Happy Holidays everyone!