Tips to Help You Adjust to Your New Braces

Your dentist might recommend you get braces to help correct a variety of problems such as a cross-bite or overcrowding. While you may be uneasy about the process and wondering how you will be able to adjust, there are some simple things you can do to help!  Here are some tips to keep in mind when it comes time to adjust to having braces:

1. Remember You Will Get Used to Them Being There

At first, it is expected that your braces will feel a bit strange and uncomfortable, especially to your tongue and lips.  Before you know it, that feeling will go away and you won’t notice your braces nearly as much.

2. Use Orthodontic Wax

While you have your braces, there could potentially be rough or sharp parts that can irritate your mouth. Taking a small piece of orthodontic wax, given to you by your dentist, and placing it on the area that is bothering you is a quick solution to your discomfort.

3. Adjust Your Diet

Right after getting your braces, try and stick with softer foods as your teeth might be more sensitive. In general, it is best to avoid any extremely sticky or hard foods that could break your braces or any foods that could easily get stuck in between your brackets.

4. Take Over-The-Counter Pain Relievers For Any Pain or Discomfort

It is likely you will experience some pain or discomfort in your teeth, gums, or jaw while you have your braces, especially after they are first put on. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever can easily get rid of any pain or discomfort.

5. Make Sure You Are Cleaning Properly

Keeping your braces clean will help minimize discomfort.  Properly brushing, flossing regularly, and preferably after every meal, will make sure there are no pieces of food stuck anywhere in your braces.

If you have any questions or are interested in getting braces, call Fairfield Dental Arts at (203) 254-3780 or visit our website for more.