New To Braces?
When you start wearing your braces, you will have to get used to a couple of things. There is nothing to fear and your doctor at our practice will never rush an appointment with you, so you will know exactly what to expect and what to do. However – let’s talk about what you should do to ensure that wearing your braces gets you those straight teeth and beautiful, confident smile in the shortest possible time!
The first thing to remember is to work with your orthodontist. We are here to help you, so we will give you specialist advice and take a personal interest in your development, but we will need you to work with us. This means that you should follow your doctor’s instructions re cleaning and flossing your teeth – the latter being two things that will now be more important than ever. You should also keep your appointments because if you don’t, you might spend longer time in braces than you need to.
Remember too that it will take some time to get used to your braces. It is a foreign object in your mouth, and you will have to get used to eating with them. Eat soft foods for about 2 days, and expect some discomfort in your mouth for a few days. It would be a good thing to rinse your mouth vigorously with a mix of 1tsp of salt to 8 ounces of lukewarm water every day during this time. Your tongue, cheeks and inner lips might also be tender for about 2 weeks as your mouth gets used to the braces, and the salt water will also help these parts to toughen up and stay clean. For pain, you can take a normal painkiller, or something like Ibuprofen.
When it comes to food, it is easier to tell you what not to eat than to tell you what you can eat while you and your braces are becoming friends! The simple answer is: stay away from foods that you really have to bite into. These foods would include chewy stuff like hard rolls and bagels, crunchy foods like popcorn and ice, sticky things like gum and caramel sweets, hard foods like candy and nuts – and foods you have to really bite into like tough meat, apples and corn on the cob.
It will all be worth it in the end – and never forget that, if you need any advice or help at all, we are only a phone call away!