You waited a long time to begin your orthodontic treatment. Now that you're wearing your adult braces, you want to do everything you can to ensure a satisfactory outcome. With the holidays coming up, you can't take any chances. You need to make sure that your teeth, and your braces, don't sustain any damage. Here are three steps to prevent problems with your braces during those holiday get-togethers.
Pack Your Travel Kit With You
If you're going to be traveling, you need to make sure that you pack a travel kit with you. There are certain things you'll need with you to ensure that your braces are taken care of. First, you'll need your braces wax. The wax will make sure that you don't end up with cuts and abrasions on your lips and gums. You'll also need your oral irrigation device to get rid of the food particles that are buried deep between your teeth and braces. Finally, don't forget to pack a mouth guard, especially if you plan on participating in any outdoor sports such as snowboarding or skiing. Falling with braces on your teeth can lead to serious mouth injuries.
Keep the Stains Away
You might not realize this, but stains can be difficult to remove from your teeth when you're wearing braces. Beverages such as red wine can leave serious stains on your teeth that you won't be able to get rid of until after your braces are removed. Unfortunately, that might leave you with stained teeth for quite some time. One way to avoid stains is the watch what you eat and drink while you're wearing your braces. However, you might not want to do without a glass, or two, of red wine while you're celebrating the holidays. Luckily, you can reduce the chances of developing red wine stains by rinsing your mouth with water as often as possible. The water will help keep your mouth hydrated, and the stains off your teeth.
Plan for Possible Problems When You Travel
During the holidays, you're not always going to be around your orthodontist. However, that doesn't mean you won't need dental care. If you're going to be traveling, it's important that you plan for possible problems. The best way to do that is to have emergency dental care set up in advance. Once you know where you'll be traveling to, ask your orthodontist for a list of care providers in that area. In most cases, they'll be able to provide you with an emergency contact that you can use should the need arise.
Up until a year ago, I did my best to keep my teeth and gums clean. But after securing a new job, I began to work late into the night and didn't have the time or energy to brush and floss before I retired to bed. My busy schedule and poor dental hygiene finally affected my teeth and gums. After experiencing severe pain in several of my teeth, I made an appointment with my dentist. My dentist examined my mouth and discovered three large cavities in my molars. After four long weeks, my dentist finally completed my dental work. I learned a very painful lesson during that time. No matter how busy you are, always brush and floss. I started this blog to inform other people about the importance of good dental care. I hope you find the time to read it. Thanks for visiting.