Wednesday, June 19, 2013

6 Tips On Dealing With Braces

Dealing with braces can be very frustrating and time consuming. I know for a fact, because I wore my braces for 2.5 years. Throughout those years I have found some tips that will help make wearing braces less of a hassle.

1) Give it time- When you first get your braces on, they may not be what you expected or wanted. Once your teeth start to shift you will start noticing a difference.  Give it time!

2.) Eat soft food- When you first get your braces on you will most likely experience some pain. This pain can last up to a couple weeks. You will find that eating soft food is the way to go, until the pain subsides. Also every time that your orthodontists tights your braces you may notice some discomfort for about a week. This is a sign that your teeth are moving! I recommend taking some over the counter pain medication before your appointment, and throughout the day to help relieve the pain.

3.) Use wax- When you first get your braces on, you may notice some mouth sores. These are formed when your mouth and the appliance rub together. If you get these mouth sores go to your local store, in the oral section they have orthodontic wax. You take a small piece of the wax and cover the spot that is causing the sore. This wax is also great in case anything breaks, or a wire is poking you. (This is ONLY a temporary fix until you can get into your orthodontist)

4.) Cleaning your teeth- Brush and floss after every meal to help keep your teeth and braces clean. I always carried a small bag with me that included toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and etc. I also found out that using a water pick was way easier than flossing around those brackets.

5.) Stop worrying-  Stop worrying about how they look, most people don't even notice you have them on. Go ahead and smile, be proud of them! Remember it will be worth it in the end!

6.) Retainer- At the end of your treatment you will get a retainer. The retainer holds your teeth in the new potion after the braces are off. Your dentist will most likely have you wear the retainer 24/7 for the first three months. After those three months you may only have to wear them at night. *Make sure you wear your retainer as recommend by your orthodontist, otherwise your teeth will move back to their original position.*

Every time you feel like the braces aren't worth it, Remember you will have gorgeous, healthy smile the rest of your life!

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