Looking after your braces this Christmas
When you start wearing braces, there are lots of do’s and don’ts that you have to get used to. And one of the times of year that always poses a risk to your teeth is Christmas. Whether it’s breaking a bracket by crunching on a candy cane, or causing staining by drinking too much red wine, there’s plenty to think about.
Of course, we’re not suggesting that you deprive yourself of the edible delights the festive period brings, but more that there are things you can do to protect your pearly whites and keep your braces in tip top shape.
- Be wary of sweets
Although there might be lots of sweets and toffees floating around, they can break the brackets on your braces as well as cause decay. And when you have a broken brace during the Christmas period and orthodontists are closed, it’s not a funny situation to be in. If you want to indulge in a few sweet treats, opt for the softer variety.
- Drink water with wine
Wine is often in full flow at Christmas, and while we don’t suggest cutting it out completely, it is important to remember that the chromogens and tannins it contains discolour and stain your teeth. Surprisingly, the same applies for white wine, so this advice applies to both types. Try and drink water alongside your wine and remember to brush properly, at least two times a day.
- Go slow on the sugary drinks
We always advise that anyone with braces limits the amount of sugary drinks they consume. This is because they contain tooth-staining chromogens have the potential to decay your teeth. What’s more, when sugary drinks get caught behind your brace brackets they cause additional corrosion and staining that you might not see until you take your braces off.
- Choose cheese over sweets
Cheese fans will be pleased to know that it can actually have a beneficial effect on your teeth by reducing acid build up. And as acid leads to tooth decay, this is good news. Just remember not to eat a hard cheese that could break your braces – and like any treats, we’d advise eating it in moderation.
- Don’t forget to stock up on your wax products
Sometimes, braces can be painful and cause sores inside your mouth. That’s why a large number of people choose to use oral wax that prevents the wires from chaffing. Don’t forget to stock up on your wax before the orthodontist breaks up for Christmas – you don’t want to run out and not be able to enjoy your festive feasting!
At Northenden House, we’ve been straightening smiles for over 40 years. If you’re looking for braces and live in or around Manchester, or want to find out our Christmas opening hours, please contact our friendly team.
- Mohammad Malik