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Wondering What to Expect with Six Month Smiles? A Brief Guide to Post-Fitting Aftercare

In life, it is best to be prepared.

If you go to a hairdresser, for example, you will obviously have an idea of how you want your finished hairstyle to look. Similarly, if you want to make any kind of cosmetic change to your face, you will have an idea in mind of how you want your face to look when it’s over and, of course, you will want to know what you can expect during the procedure.

Add teeth into the mix of a cosmetic procedure, and a whole new set of questions arise; will it be painful? Am I suitable for it? And, perhaps most importantly, will it be expensive?

As adult based orthodontics have become very popular, more people than ever are trying to find out about what these treatments entail, and what they can expect. One of the most popular adult braces, Six Month Smiles in Northern Ireland, is one of the more puzzling orthodontic options as simply put, it is purely cosmetic!

So, what are you likely to expect if you seek out treatment with this brace?

Post-fitting

It is likely that after you have had your Six Month Smiles from Northern Ireland fitted, you are going to experience a bit of soreness. This is nothing to be worried about and your dentist is likely to advise the use of painkillers to ease the discomfort, alongside wax to place on the parts of the brace that may be causing you some aches.

Also, in relation to this brace, you will be given a bite guard, which you must place before eating food to help the brace work in an effective and timely manner. While this may be difficult at first, many patients report getting used to their bite guards, so hang in there!

Foods

Just as with traditional orthodontic braces, there is a list of foods that you will need to avoid when wearing your Six Month Smiles near Northern Ireland. This is to protect your teeth from any potential decay and ensure that your braces do not become damaged.

As a general rule, it is wise to avoid foods that are harder than a bagel, and of course, to reduce the likelihood of decay and gum disease, you should limit sugary foods and drinks. Sticky foods, like toffee or caramel, are also worth avoiding, as they can dislodge your brackets.

And, while it may be tempting, avoid drinks that are high in acids, such as wines and sodas, as they can discolour your braces.

Hygiene

Of course, having anything fitted to your teeth is going to create an issue with brushing and flossing. But as it is harder to move teeth that have a plaque on them, you must brush your teeth regularly to reduce the accumulation of bacteria and to keep your teeth and gums clean. While it may be harder to floss, it is recommended with this brace to thoroughly floss twice a week and invest in a set of interdental brushes for cleaning.