First Days with Braces
Here is an insider’s guide to help you know what to expect when you first get your braces:
- Tenderness: Your teeth and gums might feel a little achy when you first get your braces. This is normal and will subside within a couple of weeks as your teeth settle into position. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain medication to help you out.
- Loose Brackets and Broken Wires: Brackets can come loose, and wires can break. Usually, this means that you are eating hard or sticky foods or doing some activity that is harmful to your braces. Fixing brackets and wires is not a big deal, although it may be inconvenient for you. Just call our office and schedule an appointment for your repair.
- Diet: A full list of Foods to Avoid so your brackets and wires do not break is available for your reference. When it comes to deciding what is okay to eat with braces and what is not, it really comes down to common sense. Hard foods such as carrots can break wires and brackets, and sticky foods get caught in between. Be careful with sugary foods so you do not get cavities.
- Brushing and Flossing: Proper oral hygiene is critical with braces because brushing and flossing properly are difficult with the wires and brackets in the way. It is easy for food to get trapped and cause tooth decay. iClear Orthodontics will tell you where to get a special flosser that slides under your wires so you can clean between your teeth. You may also want to consider using a Waterpik® to help with areas that are difficult to reach.
Your Appearance: Initially you may think that you look radically different with your braces. As you get accustomed to your braces, you will not notice the difference as much, and they will just become part of you. Before you know it, it will be time for the braces to come off.