5 Tips for Adjusting to Braces

5 Tips for Adjusting to Braces

Around 4 million people in the United States wear braces, so it’s not surprising if your dental team says that you need them, too. But what does getting braces feel like, and how do you get used to wearing them?

At Fresh Dental Care, with three locations in the Houston area, our experienced team works to find the braces solution that is right for you and to keep you comfortable through each phase of treatment. 

Getting used to your braces

Living with braces can be a big adjustment, especially if you have traditional wire and metal braces. However, you’ll soon get used to your braces, and most people get completely accustomed to them. Here are some tips for adjusting to your braces:

1. Eat soft foods

When you first get braces, plan on a soft food diet for a few days. Try foods like:

Even after you get accustomed to your braces, make sure to stay away from sticky and sugary foods as well as hard candy, bone-in meats, certain fruits, and corn on the cob. Also, lay off chewing gum until you get your braces off.

2. Practice self-care

Place a little wax over your braces so they don’t irritate the insides of your lips. Make sure to follow our instructions for brushing and flossing. Use mouthwash to help kill all bacteria, and consider a water pic. 

If you are having trouble with your brushing or flossing routine, contact our office for tips. We can offer suggestions and floss threaders to help you get your floss between each bracket with ease. 

3. Stop chewing on non-food objects

Don’t bite or chew on things like pens, pencils, necklaces, or other non-food items. You can damage your teeth or change their alignment during treatment.

4. Don’t whiten

Skip tooth whitening products while wearing traditional braces. You’ll end up with dark spots on your teeth where the braces were. Plan on teeth whitening at our office as a reward when you get your braces off and are ready to show the world your smile. 

5. Wear a mouthguard

Protecting your teeth during treatment with braces is essential. Ask us about a mouthguard to protect your teeth during sports. Also, if you grind your teeth at night, you will need a night guard. 

Are you ready to commit to braces? You might need traditional braces, or you may be a candidate for clear aligners. Call the Fresh Dental Care location nearest you and schedule an appointment today.

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