• Prom Can Still Be Great with Braces

  • Your prom can be great even with braces.

    Prom season is just around the corner and you might wish your braces were going or be removed before the big day. Braces shouldn’t be a problem even during your fancy night out.

    We recognize braces have a sneaky way to keep food hidden between brackets. If you are going to eat out before the prom, you might want to carry a small interdental toothbrush in your purse or in some other concealed place. You can always go to the restroom, brush quickly and throw the brush away.

    Of course, you should have been brushing, flossing and using mouthwash prior to the date. Which, you probably were or you probably wouldn’t be going out. (Just saying.)

    Cleaning your mouth not only gets rid of any embarrassing particles, but it is the best way to reduce bad breath.

    Another thing you can do to reduce the chances of bad breath is to drink lots of water during the day. Water will help your mouth stay moist which helps wash away bacteria.

    Another thing to consider, if you are concerned about bad breath is to stay away from highly caffeinated drinks like coffee. Coffee does the exact opposite of water, it actually makes your mouth dry by slowing saliva producation. This results in an increase in bacteria. So, if you want to impress a date for the night, grabbing a cup of joe to keep you awake may not be the best idea. Not only can coffee give you major halitosis, but it can also stain your teeth. If you can’t survive without your coffee, try ordering it iced and drinking it through a straw.

    Straws are a good idea for many drinks. Using a straw means you are pushing stain-causing dyes past your teeth. If you are drinking a Coke, sports beverage, smoothies or tomato juice you should always ask for a straw. These are some of the highest staining liquids and if used repeatedly can have long term effects on the color of your teeth.

    Sometimes kids who are planning to go to prom think they will improve their smile with some whitening bleach. When you are wearing braces, this is not a very good idea. Many of the chemicals used to whiten may cause the exposed part of your teeth to be much whiter than the area the brackets were covering.

    For white teeth the best thing you can do is brush with a non-whitening toothpaste.  This will help remove the surface stains on your teeth with its polishing agents.

    If you have any questions about your braces, or if you want a special color for the night, give us a call at Columbia Orthodontics. We want your night to be fun and safe. Call (360) 883-3800.