3 Must-Know Tips for Returning to Work with Braces

June 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — alexjohnson @ 4:45 pm
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Braces are perhaps the most tried-and-true of all orthodontic solutions, capable of assisting patients of all ages with achieving straighter smiles, and boosted confidence. However, the orthodontic journey isn’t always a cakewalk, and adults who receive braces might encounter specific challenges as they return to work. Fortunately, with a little knowledge and preparation, these small obstacles can be minimized or even prevented entirely. Here are three useful tips from your orthodontist that’ll pave the way for a smooth return to work after getting braces.

1. Pack a Braces Care Kit

It’s much easier to care for your smile while at home; but this doesn’t mean you should neglect your teeth while you’re at work—especially if you have braces! This is where a braces care kit comes in handy; this doesn’t have to be something expensive or fancy that you go purchase, but rather, it just needs to include the essential items you’ll need to care for your braces while at work. Here are a few ideas:

  • A soft-bristled toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash; these all come in travel-sized variants
  • Dental floss or floss sticks designed for braces
  • Orthodontic wax to cover poking or protruding wires
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • A card with your orthodontist’s contact info—it’s always wise to be prepared for the unexpected!

2. Bring a Refillable Water Bottle

It goes without saying that water is the absolute best beverage for your oral health, and you should strive to drink plenty of it throughout the day. Water stimulates your mouth’s flow of saliva, which is your body’s first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria and lingering food particles that might become stuck in your braces. Bring a water bottle with you to work that you can sip and refill throughout the day; better yet, fill it with tap water, if possible, since it’s a great source of fluoride!

3. Watch What You Eat

When you have braces, certain foods are entirely off-limits—things like popcorn, taffy, and other hard, chewy, crunchy, or sticky items can be quite problematic for your brackets, wires, and elastics. However, after receiving braces, you’ll also want to stick to soft foods as your mouth adjusts to the headgear. Needless to say, it’s a little trickier to control your diet while you’re at work all day, meaning that it’s usually wise to pack a lunch at home and bring it with you. This might seem like an extra step, especially if you’re a busybody, but the control it grants you over your diet will ultimately minimize the risk of any setbacks with your treatment. Also, be sure you’re brushing after every meal!

Everyone adjusts to having braces differently, but if you’re concerned about running into difficulties while back in the office, these three tips are certain to help make things easier. Of course, if you’re still encountering lingering difficulties, worsening discomfort, or any other issues with your braces, don’t hesitate to reach out to your orthodontist for help.

About the Author

Dr. Alex J. Johnson received his DMD from Washington University and has proudly served patients and families in the Palm Harbor, FL community for several years. His practice is thrilled to offer a wide range of orthodontic services for patients young and old, so if you or a loved one is ready to commit to a straighter, healthier smile, don’t hesitate to contact the practice today for assistance. Telephone: (727) 786-7550.