Have you recently gone to the dentist to get braces? We know getting braces on is a big change, and we know you’re wondering how you’re going to survive this!
Change can be uncomfortable, but thinking about the long-term benefits of why you’re going through this treatment will motivate you to see that it’s worth it. But let’s be real, we never see the bright side so quickly as we like to think.
So, we’ve come up with 5 ways to SURVIVE YOUR BRACES! These helpful tips are ways to maintain your oral hygiene to prevent further dental treatment after your braces, and to help alleviate the pain you might experience.
- Learn to brush your teeth carefully and after your meals. Yes, you may already know how to brush your teeth but having braces means having extra care. You need to brush all of your teeth gently from top to bottom particularly around the braces. With more surfaces for food and bacteria to hide and build up, brushing after a meal will keep your teeth healthy and clean. An interproximal brush can help get in between your braces (it looks like a little Christmas tree). Ask your orthodontist for techniques on brushing with braces.
- Floss your teeth or use gum soft picks to avoid food build up. Using floss with braces will be challenging, yet it’s necessary to prevent bacteria build-up. Eating and maintaining your oral hygiene has just gotten a bit difficult, but if you make it a habit of flossing, you’ll keep your teeth clean and gums healthy. Floss threaders make it easier for you to be able to get the floss in between each bracket and wire.
- Carry dental wax with you. Why might you want to use dental wax? When you get a sore in your mouth due to your braces, the dental wax is great to protect it from further damage. Placing the dental wax over the bracket that’s causing irritation in your mouth will protect it and alleviate your discomfort.
- Have over-the-counter pain relievers. As an adult, this is no problem, but with a child make sure you’re giving them right over-the-counter medicines. Most common pain relievers are Tylenol and ibuprofen. Verify with your orthodontists which is better to use and when it should you give it to your child. This is usually given as a last resort to alleviate the pain or discomfort you’re experiencing. Having a few on hand can be handy, especially when you’re away from the comfort of your home.
- Numb the pain or discomfort with cold drinks and foods. Experiencing discomfort or pain of any kind is always unpleasant. Drinking or eating something cold like ice cream or a smoothie can help numb the pain which allows you feel at ease. Of course, you don’t want to overdo it with the sugary foods. Try having healthy cold beverages and foods to avoid getting bacteria build up.
Braces can be a pain but the better care you take of your teeth during the process, you’ll see it was worth going through the treatment. You’ll have a beautiful and a healthy smile you’ll want to share. Surviving your braces is always easier when you have a survival kit. When you come in to get braces, you’ll leave with your very own survival kit to help you during your orthodontic treatment! If you’re in need of orthodontic treatment or need consultation, set an appointment with us today.