1. Create a Braces Care Kit:You can't stop caring for your braces just because you're at work. Bringing a braces care kit to work with you is a great way to ensure that you have everything you need to keep your teeth clean and healthy while you're at work. Braces can trap food, so bring a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss in order to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Use this kit to clean your teeth after your lunch break or snack. You may also want to pack some pain relievers for the first few days after you get your braces put on. Also remember to bring some dental wax to put on your braces and chapstick or vaseline in case your lips get dry. This care kit is small, easy to pack and store, and it'll come in handy.
At your fitting visit we will supply you with everything you need.
2. Bring a Water Bottle: Bring a water bottle or visit a vending machine for a few throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water is always a good idea for your overall health, but drinking water can also help rinse away food particles and keep you from reaching for drinks you should stay away from.
3. Be Mindful of What You Eat: During the days immediately after getting your braces put on, you want to stick to soft foods like scrambled eggs, pasta, or smoothies. After that, you should still avoid hard foods, sticky foods, sugar, and foods you have to bite into. It's very helpful to bring lunch from home. This way you have more control over what you eat, and you can cut your food into more manageable sized pieces. It might not sound like fun, packing a lunch if you're not used to it, but it'll be worth it. However, if you don't want to do that, you should find a place that serves appropriate food and make it your new delicious go-to lunch spot until your braces are removed.
4. Keep Things Away From Your Mouth: If you're a nervous chewer, you'll need to break the habit. If your job requires you to keep a lot of pens or pencils lying around, make sure they never enter your mouth. You must resist the urge to chew on them or your fingernails. Chewing on hard objects can potentially damage your braces, which may lead to repairs or extra visits.
5. Smile, and be Confident: Sure, your smile isn't perfect yet, but that's no reason to hide your pearly whites. Don't be ashamed of your braces. You should be proud of them. You're making a change and bettering yourself, and there is absolutely no shame in that. Plus, one of the great things is that the wire in your braces are the color of your teeth and brackets are clear, so they're barely visible. It's not like you're smiling with a bunch of shiny, silver metal brackets in your mouth.
Use these helpful tips to adjust to work-life with braces, and pretty soon it'll become second nature.