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|If it makes you feel better, lots of celebrities have
had braces. If you would like to see a list of some of them
| The orthodontists at Align Orthodontics
in Alberta, Canada have these tips for keeping your teeth and gums healthy
while you wear braces:
Use a fluoride toothpaste when you
Use a soft bristled brush and change
it at least every six months.
Use Hygiene Aids such as Waterpiks,
electric toothbrushes, proxy brushes, fluoride mouth rinses. They are not
a substitute for brushing and flossing
A fluoride gel may be prescribed if
needed to prevent cavities
Use an egg timer or watch to measure
your brushing time. A minimum of five minutes is needed.
Use a waxed floss to help prevent fraying.
A floss threader or Superfloss with the threader attached are helpful in
flossing under braces.
Keep a supply of floss, brushes, mouth
rinses and other aids with you at home, school, work or when you travel
so you can clean your teeth after every meal.
Maintain regular three to six month
checkups with your dentist. Wires can be removed for cleanings by
the orthodontist and then put back on.
HERE ARE SOME PAGES ABOUT
BRUSHING, FLOSSING, KEEPING YOUR TEEH CLEAN AND HEALTHY. STUFF LIKE THAT.
Watch out for Sticky, Gooey,
Hard to Chew and Hard Foods.
HERE ARE SOME PAGES ABOUT
FOODS TO AVOID AND TIPS FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF MISERY.
Kampas' says that its normal to have some discomfort when teeth move.
Many people report tooth soreness for 3 to 4 days following the changing
or adjustment of archers. Most people become accustomed to tooth
movement following the first few visits. Your normal pain reliever
such as tylenol or Ibuprofen can make you more comfortable.
are first places, some sore spots may develop on the cheeks and lips until
things toughen up. Wax can be placed over the offending bracket.
Some patients wish to place some medication over the sore cheek or lip
while it heals. There are a number of products at the drug store
that cover the irritated area. (Ziladent or Orabase)
is a sharp pain, or you feel something is not right, please call your orthodontist.
WHEN YOU HAVE AN APPLIANCE,
HERE ARE SOME PAGES OF ADVICE ABOUT WHAT TO DO AT HOME
HERE ARE SOME PAGES OF ADVICE
ABOUT WHAT TO DO WHEN IT HURTS
Remember what Dr. Rintel Says:
HERE IS ADVICE ABOUT BREAKING HABITS THAT WILL CAUSE YOU
If you have any questions, you should ask your
orthodontist. To help you explain the problem to your family or doctor,
here is a glossary of orthodontic words with pictures and definitions .
here to go to the Glossary
DON'T WORRY. SMILE!
Here is a Canadian Boy Scout Song Sung to
the Tune of the New Year Song called "Auld Lang Syne"
A smile is quite a funny thing
It wrinkles up your face.
And when it's gone you never find
Its secret hiding place.
But far more wonderful it is
To see what smiles can do.
You smile at one, he smiles at you
And so one smile makes two.
|He smiles at someone, since you smile
And then that one smiles back.
And that one smiles until, in truth
You fail in keeping track.
And since a smile can do great good
By cheering hearts of care,
Let's smile and not forget the fact
That smiles go everywhere.