That special day is upon us once again – Valentine’s Day. Regardless of whether you have a significant other or not, you can still celebrate this special day – especially if you have braces. I would like to offer you these tips to show your braces some love this Valentine’s Day.
Look at the Total Picture
It is important to keep in mind that your braces are only going to be on for a limited period of time.
Make sure that you stay on track with your treatment and remember to:
- Follow all instructions from your orthodontist if you are using traditional braces or clear trays.
- Wear your elastics for the proper amount of time and change them regularly.
- Report problems or broken braces to your orthodontist immediately.
Keep in mind:
The end goal is a beautiful, straight smile, so be excited and embrace the process.
Take Care of your Teeth
The more care and time you take with your dental hygiene routine, the smoother your treatment will be. Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth will also ensure that your teeth are healthy and cavity free, so when your braces come off, your smile is clean and shining.
Always use a soft bristle toothbrush, so you do not damage your enamel or the braces and use fluoridated toothpaste to guard against cavities or tooth decay.
Find the Right Treats
Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a treat or two, just be selective and kind to your braces. Avoid anything that is sticky or crunchy as they can damage your braces and slow down the entire orthodontic process. The last thing you want is an emergency appointment to fix a broken bracket. Instead, stick to cakes or even chocolate, just make sure to thoroughly brush your teeth afterwards.
Get creative with your rubber bands. Choose rubber bands that reflect the holiday – red or pink in this case. This creativity doesn’t need to stop just because there is no holiday in the near future, you can also show your stylish side by matching your rubber bands with your friends or even your school colours – the possibilities are endless.
Make sure to smile and embrace the process as your beautiful smile is something that you will enjoy for the rest of your life. As you are enjoying this special day, remember to follow these tips and take the time to show your braces some extra love – both of you deserve it.
Happy Valentine’s Day!