Once patients get going with braces, they commonly have a concern about knocking out their spacers prematurely or doing other damage through brushing or flossing. Even though your “separators” are typically in for less than 2 weeks, that would be far too long to go without brushing or flossing in general. On the other hand, certain activities are right to have you worried.
The biggest first step to proper care of your spacers for braces, is to avoid getting anything stuck in your separated teeth to begin with. While you should brush and floss, you should NOT floss in areas that have the spacers in there. That means that if you somehow do manage to get small particles of food jammed into that spot then you will find yourself in quite the pickle. Additionally it will be hard to tell when food is stuck based on sensation of your mouth along, since the rubber or metal spacers between your teeth give the same sensation.
When considering your meals and snacks think about several aspects of avoidance. First of all consider what will push the spacers further into your mouth causing gum irritation. Really tough foods will fall into this category such as tough crusted bread. Often the foods that will push the spacers in greatly in will also have potentials of getting stuck themselves.
This would include beef jerky or other tough stringy meat. If you get a meat string caught in with your rubber then you might wind up popping out the spacer in your attempts to get out the food string. Worse than this however are very sticky foods that will push into and stick to the spacers for braces.log in this website!
Foods such as taffy, carmel, or “Now n’ Later’s” have a tendency to adhere to the teeth requiring you to pick them off of your teeth. That same level of stickiness applies to your separators as well. In the course of chewing the candy can adhere to the rubber and then yank it back out when you open for the next chew.
Those are a few examples of how food can effect this preparatory step for braces, but there are plenty of things you are free to eat. Soft fruits, cooked vegetables are always fine. As a general rule if the food didn’t bother you before getting spacers for braces then it should be fine to eat while they’re in as well.
Another option that may be open to you is selective chewing. Perhaps you only had separators placed on the left side of your mouth, you could always focus your checking on the right side of your mouth as well. This would reduce confiscation with your already uncomfortable teeth and could avoid premature loss of the material.more information here:http://www.startribune.com/boomers-embrace-of-devices-gives-rise-to-new-med-tech-age/223770251/
This is easier to accomplish in the given example where one side of the mouth is free of the spacers for braces. If both sides have been altered then you would be attempting to chew with the front teeth alone. If you’ve ever tried chewing something with just your incisors and canine teeth you will see how difficult that can be. In fact you’ll find just how ingenious our teeth structure is. If you don’t currently have spacers for braces, then you might try this just for fun. We all know that the front teeth cut things and the back teeth mash.
Try going an entire day using those teething reverse and I promise you that you’ll gain a new respect for the simple intelligence of this one design alone. A sandwich can be easily bitten with the molars, although it might be a bit messier to accomplish, but you’ll truly notice the inefficiency of this test when you try mashing the whole thing in the front. Don’t feel bad if you wind up throwing in the towel after your first bite takes 5 minutes. But back to the topic at hand…
Regardless of what you eat or how you eat it, at the end of the night or start of the morning you’re still faced with cleaning those pearly whites of yours.
Brushing should be done as usual with no concern for disrupting the insertions. This is primarily because the toothbrush itself is designed to leave your gums undamaged after brushing. Although the design isn’t always flawless, because extra aggressive brushing and/or a very hard bristle brush can still beat up your gums pretty well. Unfortunately toothbrush manufacturers are not required by any law to adhere to dentist recommendations. And if people will buy it they will make sure to sell it. Assuming you aren’t using steel wire for a toothbrush or something of a similar type, you will find that your spacers will be perfectly intact during the brushing process.
Following your brushing (or perhaps before…) comes the usual step of flossing your teeth. You should proceed with all teeth as usual simply excluding the nooks now occupied with rubber spacers. Besides the premature loss of the spacers this process can be painful and won’t accomplish much either. Instead try using a mouthwash to force liquid through your teeth and help keep cavities in check. This of course is no long term substitute but will suffice in the short term while you have in your spacers for braces.
Mouthwash is cheep and can generally be used multiple times a day. Still homemade products are often more cost effective . Please see our upcoming post about how to make your own mouthwash for instructions on that.
Lastly, we want to remind you that you are getting spacers FOR braces and not the other way around. In a matter of days or weeks the spacers have served their purpose and will either fall out on their own or will be grabbed by the orthodontist at your next appointment. The more long term braces will go in next and you’ll forget all about this small first step.
What that means is that you shouldn’t worry yourself too much about spacers for braces. Nothing with them should constitute an emergency and therefore your stress levels should reflect that reality. Simply practice some good common sense in avoiding issues, and then do what you can to forget they’re even there. Before long, they won’t be.