Tips for living with braces
Caring for your appliance
If your appliances are damaged, your treatment can take longer. Be sure to take care of your appliances.
Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by Dr. Jennings.
Brushing & flossing with braces
Take especially good care of your teeth during your orthodontic treatment at Jennings Orthodontics. By brushing and flossing regularly, you’ll keep your teeth and gums at their best and ensure that your orthodontic treatment will deliver the healthiest smile possible. When your braces come off, you’ll have a healthy, great-looking smile that’s good for life as a reward. If you fail to spend a little extra time caring for your braces, you may end up with white spots on your teeth once Dr. Jennings removes your braces.
Eating with braces
Don’t worry, you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time. However, before you enjoy some of the treats you love, you’ll need to avoid any foods that could damage your new braces.
Tips for athletes & musicians
Dr. Jennings reminds you to protect your teeth with an orthodontic-friendly mouthguard or to remove your clear aligner during practice or the game.
If you have an accident during your athletic activity, check your appliances and your mouth immediately. Schedule an appointment at Jennings Orthodontics if your appliances appear damaged or your teeth feel loose.
If you play an instrument in a band around Louisville or Mt. Washington, you may find it harder to adjust your playing now that you have braces. It’s normal to experience some difficulty with proper lip position.
You may feel sores develop, but just use plenty of wax and rinse often with warm salt water to help your lips and cheeks toughen up more quickly.