Tips on Dealing with Having Braces

Just got your braces done? Since you’re going to have to wear it for a while, here are some tips to help you deal with it.

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Managing the pain with braces may be harder than you think, and you will find that there will be days when you have no desire to even open your mouth. Every time the braces are adjusted, you will feel a good deal of pain, and thus you need to know how to cope with the pain that you will feel. Your gums are likely to swell up thanks to the adjustment, and you will feel quite a bit of pain.

Having a bottle of Tylenol, Aspirin, or another painkiller on hand can help you to control the amount of discomfort you feel, and it is always best to have something anti-inflammatory on hand as well. You may find that eating soft foods will help to reduce the pain that you feel when you eat, or you can chew gum to help the blood flow through your gums and relieve the swelling. You may want to ask your doctor for prescription painkillers if it gets too bad.

AVOID BREAKING YOUR BRACES

Breaking your braces can be expensive, though breaking the rubber bands is fairly common. Your braces are attached to your teeth for the long term, and the glue used to hold them to the teeth with ruin the enamel if you try to break the braces off your teeth. You will find that you can avoid breaking your braces by doing a few simple things:

  1. Don’t eat foods that are very hard, like candies, popcorn, and beef jerky
  2. Avoid eating sticky foods like gum, tootsie rolls, caramels, and taffy.
  3. Don’t chew hard objects like pencils or ice cubes.
  4. Avoid hard fruits and vegetables breaking your braces by chopping them into small pieces before eating them.
  5. Be careful when doing sports.

ORAL HYGIENE

Oral hygiene is incredibly important, but it is made more difficult by the presence of the braces. In order to take care of your mouth properly, you need to brush and floss as much as possible. Brushing your teeth is still fairly possible, though you will need a gentler toothbrush to ensure that you don’t break the rubber bands. Flossing will be fairly difficult, and you may not be able to get all the way to the gums with the dental floss. You should at least try to get as much food as possible from between your teeth, and use mouthwash to ensure your mouth is as clean as possible.

COOPERATION ISSUES

You will need to ensure that you make the proper changes in your life that will enable the braces to work to correct the orthodontic problems. You will need to wear the braces as long as the doctor tells you, and you will need to keep the corrective retainer in as directed. You should do as much as you can to ensure that your braces don’t break, and wear any headgear that you are recommended to by your orthodontist.

ORTHODONTIC EMERGENCIES

Dealing with certain orthodontic emergencies may be easier than you think. Broken or loose braces can often be repaired by the doctor, but you can prevent the loose or broken bracket from wiggling by using a bit of wax. You should remove any loose bands, as they can cause buildups of saliva and germs.

If the wire is poking into your gums or your cheek, you can ask your orthodontist to correct the problem or just use a ball of wax on the tip of the wire to prevent it from poking. You should have no problems if you accidentally swallow any part of your braces, but you should use wax to avoid mouth sores in the first few weeks of your treatment.

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