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Braces - tips and tricks from the expert

Dr. Katalin Schmidmer on tips for braces wearers

Wearing braces is nothing special these days. Braces are not only a common sight in school playgrounds, adults are also showing themselves more and more often with the once maligned utensil. The everyday handling of the braces can be a nuisance, but the effort is worth it - you can look forward to beautiful teeth for a lifetime. But how should braces be handled in everyday life and what should be considered?

Nobody knows that better than Dr. Katalin Schmidmer. In her Munich practice, the renowned orthodontist has to deal with young people and adults who wear braces on a daily basis - because that is her specialty. She can competently answer all questions about braces and has put together a few tips for info medicine.

What should be done if there is pain during the acclimatization phase?

A period of getting used to is to be planned for both removable and fixed braces. The fixed braces can be uncomfortable at first, so you may experience a slight toothache. With the new, modern techniques in the field of multi-band therapies (so-called "SL bracket systems"), the forces to be used are very small, so that "real" pain no longer occurs. "Rather, it is the case that the patients notice that something is happening in the mouth‘ ", says the expert.

In the first few days, however, you should Refrain from hard foodswhich could overload the teeth when chewing in combination with the new braces and therefore cause pain. The use of pain relievers is rarely necessary. Children can go to school right away.

The situation is different with the outdated, fixed multiband technologies, which are paid for by the statutory health insurance funds and the allowance. With these techniques, greater forces have to be used in order to be able to move the teeth - the patient noticeably feels this. Here the acclimatization phase takes longer, the pain is greater and light Painkiller therefore actually recommended. Dr. Schmidmer therefore recommends asking the treating orthodontist about the gentle, fixed treatment techniques that are not covered by statutory health insurance, but represent a sensible investment in a much gentler treatment option.

Expert's tip:
"When using fixed braces, which are based on older treatment techniques, you may have to resort to painkillers and avoid hard foods."

The patient also has to get used to removable braces. Dr. Schmidmer advises you to wear them during the day to get used to them and not to take them out unconsciously at night while you sleep. The pronunciation of removable braces is noticeably restricted. However, this can be improved over time with practice. Pain with removable braces usually only occurs

if the patient does not wear them as directed by the orthodontist. With regular wear for 14 to 16 hours a day, the patient no longer notices after a while that he is wearing braces.

What helps against inflammation in the mouth?

The mouth first has to get used to the new foreign body. Sometimes the mucous membrane of the mouth can become inflamed due to the unusual friction on the braces - this helps Rinse with sage or chamomile tea. Pressure points in the mouth can be temporarily removed Silicone wax strips soften over the brackets. “All of this may sound daunting at first. But these initial difficulties quickly become a thing of the past and the patient soon completely forgets that he is wearing braces, ”says Dr. Schmidmer from many years of experience.

Expert's tip:
“Use silicone wax strips for pressure points and wounds and rinse with sage or chamomile tea. Avoid acidic drinks. "

How do you clean fixed or removable braces?

Proper cleaning of teeth and braces is essential. Fixed braces make oral hygiene more difficult because more plaque builds up around the brackets. If this is not removed, bacteria in the dental plaque attack the tooth enamel, demineralize and destroy it. The permanent tooth damage is irreversible and should therefore be prevented by thorough dental care. Therefore, the teeth should be as possible after every meal be thoroughly cleaned with fluoride toothpaste and an electric toothbrush. "You should plan at least 10 minutes for this," emphasizes Dr. Schmidmer. Dental floss is recommended to clean the interdental spaces. An interdental brush is well suited for the tooth surfaces under the arch (wire). “The most important thing is to color the plaque with plaque staining agent in the evening to make it visible. This is the only way to ensure thorough cleaning, ”explains Dr. Schmidmer.

If you wear removable braces, you should clean them with toothpaste and toothbrush just like your teeth, and every now and then Cleaning tablets use. "By the way, the plastic of braces is not heat-resistant and would deform in boiling water," warns Dr. Schmidmer. "Thorough brushing under running water is sufficient here."

Expert's tip:
“Allow enough time for cleaning after every meal: use electric toothbrushes, dental floss, interdental brushes and plaque. Coloring tablets every evening. For children and adolescents: Be sure to pack a normal travel or manual toothbrush to take with you in your school bag. "

What should be considered when it comes to nutrition?

Braces wearers should stop consuming Avoid foods and drinks with a high sugar content at all costsbecause sugar turns into acids in the mouth that attack tooth enamel. Sticky sweets such as chewing gum, caramel candies or gummy bears are absolutely taboo. Caution is also advised with hard foods. So it is z. For example, it is advisable to cut an apple into small pieces - if you bite off, the braces could be damaged. Nuts, crispy biscuits and other hard foods are forbidden, they invariably destroy the braces.

Expert's tip:
“Avoid sticky, very sugary and acidic foods, nuts and the like. Cut hard fruits and vegetables such as apples or carrots into small pieces. "

Here are all the tips for braces at a glance:

  • In case of pain during the acclimatization phase with older fixed treatment techniques Painkiller To fall back on
  • It is better to check with the orthodontist before inserting the fixed braces modern treatment techniques questions that are not offered by statutory health insurances.
  • Hard foods Avoid in the beginning and / or cut into small pieces
  • At Bruises and wounds Use silicone wax strips in the mouth and rinse with sage or chamomile tea
  • Enough time for that Cleaning after every meal plan on
  • Fluoride-containing toothpaste, Plaque staining tablets, dental floss, interdental brushes, electric toothbrushes, and use Travel toothbrush pack for the school bag
  • Clean the interdental spaces with an ortho brush
  • Removable braces thoroughly with toothbrush, and occasionally using toothpaste Cleaning tablets clean
  • On sticky, very sugary and acidic as well as hard ones Food dispense

Dr. Katalin Schmidmer is a specialist dentist for orthodontics and runs an orthodontic practice in Munich. Learn more about Dr. Katalin Schmidmer and her orthodontic practice in Munich: