If you’re facing the prospect of getting braces, it’s normal to wonder what you should expect. It’s something new, after all. You may already have some idea of what you’re facing in general, but what about day one of having braces? Should you expect the same things right from the start?
You may feel like food restrictions abound once you have braces. While they may seem annoying or unnecessary, it’s important to abide by them. Foods are commonly restricted because of the risk they pose of damaging your braces. Sticky foods can get stuck in them, loosening brackets, bending wires, and making your teeth more susceptible to cavities. Tough foods pose similar problems, as do especially crunchy foods. There are still plenty of things you can eat with braces though, and others that you can enjoy as long as you adjust how you eat them.
Pain and Discomfort
Most people don’t experience pain or discomfort immediately after getting braces. The process itself isn’t supposed to be painful. Still, teeth don’t appreciate being moved, and they’ll let you know about it not too long after. This is part of the reason behind the recommendation for eating soft foods with braces. They tend to be more comfortable to eat. Medication can help as well. Over-the-counter pain medications are adequate to reduce tooth pain. Talk to your orthodontist if you’re experiencing pain that OTC medications aren’t able to address.
Extra Time Needed for Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Braces add a ton of nooks and crannies that need careful attention when brushing your teeth. You don’t want to allow bacteria to breed and plaque to develop around your braces, since that can lead to cavities and discolored areas after they’ve been removed. You’ll need to take extra time and care with brushing and flossing your teeth from day one to keep them healthy and beautiful. Using special flossing tools and interdental brushes can help you get to those hard-to-reach areas so you can do a thorough job.
It’s always nice to have an idea of what you should expect when going into something new, especially if it’s something you’ll be dealing with for months to a year or two like you would with braces. Keep in mind that not all types of braces mean the same things. You can get around a lot of the more obnoxious parts of braces if you use clear aligners instead, provided you’re a good candidate for them. Talk to your orthodontist if you have any questions about your options or what to expect after getting braces.
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