What are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year? If you’re keeping things traditionally romantic, you may have already booked a table for a dinner date. A special meal together is a great way to get away from the usual hustle and bustle and spend some one on one time with your beloved.
If you’re currently undergoing teeth realignment treatment, you may be concerned your brace will cramp your style. We’re here to assure you that your orthodontic equipment does not have to get in the way of romance!
Dinner date advice for fixed retainer wearers
Though fixed retainers are a wonderful way to work towards the smile you’ve alway wanted, wearing them can feel like a real chore during special occasions. However, remember they’re much less noticeable than you probably think they are!
Our first tip is for before your date even starts: make sure you’ve given your teeth and brace a thorough brush. A small interdental brush is helpful to make sure there are no small bits of food trapped around the brackets or behind wires.
Once you’re at dinner, we’d advise giving any high risk foods a very wide berth. These include:
- Hard bread rolls
- Caramel or other sticky foods
- Corn on the cob
- Pizza crusts
- Ribs or chicken wings
Dinner date advice for removable retainer wearers
If you have a removable retainer, you have a few more options. You could decide to leave your retainer at home altogether. Please remember that doing this frequently will mean you have to keep wearing the retainer for longer.
Instead, we’d suggest wearing your retainer until you reach the restaurant. Once you’ve ordered, you can pop into the toilets and put your retainer safely away in a case in your bag. Your date probably won’t even notice! Just don’t forget to put it back in again once you’ve finished eating. And remember – always put your retainer in a case. Wrapping it in a napkin makes it very easy to break or lose it.
Would you like to know more about fixed braces or removable retainers? You can book an appointment with us online to talk through all the options for orthodontic treatment and what would be most appropriate for you.