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What else should I be aware of with braces?

Can you use whitening toothpaste when you wear braces?

It’s probably best not to use whitening toothpastes until after your braces come off. If you use whitening toothpaste on a daily basis, the teeth underneath the brackets may not be as white as the rest of your teeth when your braces come off!

Can I smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipes with braces on my teeth?

Yes, you can smoke tobacco in cigarettes, cigars or pipes; however, all these activities will stain your modules (ligatures) and may possibly stain ceramic brackets.

Is it ok to have braces if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant?

Yes, many pregnant women have had orthodontic treatment. Your teeth may be a bit looser than average because of the hormonal changes and the effect on your periodontal ligaments. However, as long as you maintain good periodontal health, it shouldn’t be a problem to wear braces if you’re pregnant.

Can I wear braces if I snorkel or scuba dive?

Yes, you can. It is probably best to have the braces on for a few months before snorkeling or scuba diving, so you can get used to the extra hardware in your mouth.

Can I wear braces if I play a wind instrument?

Yes, you can. Several companies make mouth guards specifically for this purpose. Ask your doctor for one that he/she recommends.

How can I keep my braces clean after eating at a restaurant or travelling?

Most people who have braces carry a little dental kit to help them in such situations. A dental kit should contain a dental pick, some floss and floss threaders, a toothbrush and some toothpaste.

A travel cup is also a good idea.

How can I cope with ulcers when I have braces?

There are many ways to cope with ulcers. If the sore is near a bracket, you can put some dental wax or dental silicone on the bracket to create a barrier, and then apply some ulcer medication to the sore area. Ulcers usually resolve in 7-10 days. If not, come back and see us in case there is a more specific cause.

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