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Surviving Easter when wearing dental braces

Surviving Easter when wearing dental braces

For dental patients receiving teeth straightening treatment, Easter can be a tough time.

Wearing dental braces or clear aligners mean taking even better care of our teeth and gums than usual, so we have to cut down on chocolate and other sweet treats.  The result will be a beautiful, fully-functioning smile that will last a lifetime!

So for dental brace wearer with a sweet tooth, the followings are few key tips to look after your teeth and braces during the Easter period.

Brush wisely

When investing time and resources into orthodontic treatment, you want the best possible outcome, and good oral hygiene is key.

When wearing dental braces, it is important to brush your teeth more regularly than usual, particularly following mealtimes when food and bacterial plaque can accumulate around the braces. If possible, you should carry a toothbrush with you, so you can brush your teeth even if you are not at home. In the event it is not possible for you to brush your teeth, you should at least rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after each meal, swishing it around your whole mouth and then spitting it out.

Brushing and flossing can be more challenging. However, if you do not clean your teeth thoroughly, you can end up with decay, gum disease or permanent areas of discoloration.

It is important not to fall into the trap of neglect. You want to be able to show off your new straight teeth upon removal of your dental appliances, not have to hide a painful or unhealthy mouth.

Manage sugar intake

The Easter period brings an influx of sugary products into our homes, making it a difficult time for dental brace wearers. Remember that maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to a successful teeth straightening treatment outcome and to gain a beautiful smile!!  Sugar-filled products are likely to promote the build-up of plaque that can lead to problems with the teeth and gums during treatment.   

Some of the problems that can occur from brushing neglect include:

  • Gingivitis occurs when plaque builds up on the gum line. It can lead to swollen, red, or puffy gums. Though painless, it is usually only the first stage of periodontal disease.
  • Peridontitis happens when gingivitis is not treated. It causes infection and inflammation and can affect the ligaments and bones that support the teeth.

 

  • Decalcifications are white spots that appear on the teeth around the brackets. Once the brackets are removed, the spots remain as a permanent reminder of your neglect.

 

Avoid chewy foods

As any brace-wearer will testify, avoiding chewy or sticky foods such as sweets, toffee or chewing gum during teeth straightening treatment is really important. Not only are these products very difficult to remove from braces once they are attached, but they can also cause unnecessary pain and an unplanned emergency visit to your orthodontist.  

 

Look for alternatives

Whether or not you choose to have a chocolatey treat this Easter, there are plenty of alternatives that you can enjoy. Soft fruits such as grapes and bananas can be enjoyed along with other favourites such as pancakes, yogurt and even ice cream!

 

Find out more

Mary Lo is a Consultant Orthodontist at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and is available for private consultations and treatment in Central London.

If you would like to find out more about the range of specialist orthodontic services she offers, including teeth straightening treatment, please call today on 02071 297878 or email info@marylo.co.uk