Getting braces is a rite of passage for many teenagers — and it can be a milestone for adults too!
If you’re getting braces, tips to help you through those first few days can make all the difference.
That’s what’s on offer in this blog post, so you’ll find out how to get used to braces in no time at all!
Tips before getting braces
The first thing you need to know is that the process of having braces fitted should be painless, although it’s natural to experience a little discomfort. If you’re feeling nervous before the appointment, just let your dentist or orthodontist know, and they will do their best to reassure you.
It’s also completely normal to feel discomfort for a few days after your braces have been fitted. This could be due to the brackets or wires coming into contact with your gums or the inside of your mouth, as well as to the pressure being applied to your teeth.
To prepare yourself, make sure you have an over-the-counter pain reliever like paracetamol or ibuprofen at home.
You can also gargle with salt water if the inside of your mouth is sore. Your dentist or orthodontist can supply you with a special wax to mould to the brackets if they are rubbing against the inside of your mouth — don’t feel shy to ask!
While your teeth are feeling sensitive and you’re getting used to the sensation of braces in your mouth, make sure you stick to soft food that doesn’t require chewing.
Soups and pasta dishes are ideal, so get your freezer stocked up beforehand so cooking is easy in those first few days.
The other thing you might notice is that your mouth produces more saliva after your braces have been fitted. Again, this is a normal reaction and should stop in a short space of time.
And don’t worry if you find it difficult to speak when you first get your braces — your lips and tongue just need a little time to get used to the new sensations in your mouth. This effect should subside after a day or two.
How to care for your braces
You’ll have to take special care of your teeth once you have braces, as there are more places where food particles can get stuck and plaque can build up.
Follow our tips for a clean, healthy smile:
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, taking care to go gently around the wires and brackets.
- Use a floss threader or floss specially designed for braces to clean in between your teeth.
- You can also use interdental brushes to clean hard-to-reach places.
- Use mouthwash after each time you brush your teeth.
- Make sure to keep your regular checkups with your dentist to keep your mouth in top condition.
Need braces? Consult your local dentist in Te Atatu
If you or your child needs braces or you’re interested in other ways to enhance your smile, come along and see us here at Opal Dental.
We also offer a full range of dental services for the whole family, making us your go-to dentists for the Te Atatu area!
Get in touch and schedule an appointment to know how we can help you get that beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed about.