What You Need To Know
There are a few important things you need to know about what your life will be like while you wear braces - which are essential both in terms of preparing yourself and to help make sure you make the best possible decisions at all times.
For example, while traditional braces probably won't impede your current diet in any major way, there ARE some foods you'll want to avoid. Failure to do so could run the risk of damaging either the metal brackets or wires that make up your braces, which you would want to avoid to prevent delaying your treatment for any longer than you have to. These foods include but are not limited to ones like:
Having said all of that, braces absolutely do not have to change your eating habits in any significant way. In fact, there are still a huge variety of different foods you can enjoy like:
Best Practices For Extra-Curricular Activities
If you lead a particularly active lifestyle, you should know you will still want to wear a mouthguard during athletic play. If you play an instrument, you may find it a little bit of a challenge to adjust to wearing your braces at first. Make sure you use a lot of wax and warm salt water rinses to help toughen your lips and cheeks. Don't worry, stick at it - practice makes perfect!
Caring For Your Braces
Overall, you'll want to make sure to brush several times a day (which you should really be doing already) and replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. Make sure that you brush or rinse after literally every meal and floss whenever you have the chance to do so. You'll also want to take care to wear your rubber bands as directed by your dental professional to make sure that treatment goes off without a hitch.