When you're considering getting something as life-changing as clear braces, it's understandable if you pause before making a decision. If you're wondering how your life might change while you have clear braces, you should know that there are some differences between how you go through your daily life with and without clear braces. However, these changes may not be as significant as you might think. Here's what you should know.
One of the ways that people's lives change when they get traditional braces is to how they eat. Clear braces are different, however. They're designed to be taken off whenever it's needed, and that includes when you sit down for a meal. In fact, it's highly encouraged that you never try eating with your clear braces on, as you could damage them. The nice thing about this, though, is that you can enjoy whatever food you like without having to change your dietary habits just to get straightened teeth.
Some things will change with your oral care and some things won't. Take a look at both.
What won't change is the way that you clean your teeth. Standard braces can make it more difficult to keep your teeth and gums tidy because you need to navigate around the brackets and wires to really do a good job of getting your teeth clean. However, those brackets and wires don't exist with clear braces. Once again, you just take them off to clean your teeth and you're as good as new.
However, there are some differences with clear braces. To start, it's encouraged for you to clean you teeth after every meal before putting your braces back on. This is to discourage bacteria and food debris from getting stuck under the braces and continuing to damage your teeth. If you can't manage a full brushing while you're out and about, just a quick rinse with water will help.
Another thing that will change is that you'll need to add your clear braces to your regular cleaning routine. Thankfully, this is an easy enough task. All you need to do is brush the braces with a toothbrush to remove plaque and bacteria. Then just pop them back on once your own teeth are clean.
Clear braces don't change everything and are generally not a problem for people to navigate their daily lives with. If you've been hesitating to get clear braces, consider making the leap now.
To learn more about clear braces, contact a dentist.