4 Tips for Adjusting to Your New Braces
So much will change after you get braces. Your regular oral hygiene routine will dramatically change, there will be food restrictions, and even some of your favorite activities and hobbies will be different. It truly is a whole new experience.
Over time, the things you have to do while wearing braces will start to feel natural, but there will be an adjustment period. In an effort to help our patients, we have gathered four helpful tips that can be used to make it easier to adjust to life with braces.
Tip #1 – Make it a Habit to Follow the Same Oral Hygiene Routine Every Day
When you wear braces, brushing and flossing will become a very time-consuming task that must be performed several times a day. Many people who are new to wearing braces find it difficult to adapt to a life where instead of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, they are required to brush and floss after each and every meal. Luckily, establishing a good oral hygiene routine from the first day you get your braces can help you with this change.
After following the same oral hygiene routine every single day, it will eventually become second nature to you. No longer will it feel strange to have to excuse yourself to the bathroom after a meal with friends to brush and floss. Instead, you will instinctively know to get up, brush and floss.
A good recommended oral hygiene routine to follow when wearing braces includes the following:
- Brushing and flossing immediately after each meal and after eating snacks
- Rinse with water if you are unable to brush or floss after eating
- Brush and floss at the same time every day. Recommended times include in the morning, right before bed, and after meals
- Reserve enough time to thoroughly brush your teeth and around the brackets and wires of your braces
- Keep dental floss and a toothbrush handy when you go out so you can brush and floss while on the go
- Floss with a floss threader. It makes it easier to get the floss under the wires and between the teeth.
Tip #2 – Slowly Eliminate Favorite Foods Before You Get Your Braces
It is difficult to walk out of the orthodontist’s office one day and be unable to eat some of your favorite foods because you have braces. To help you adjust to life being unable to eat certain tasty treats, it is recommended that you slowly start to eliminate your favorite foods and snacks from your diet in the days and weeks before your appointment. This will make it less shocking that you are unable to eat some types of foods.
Tip #3 – Learn What Habits You Shouldn’t Do With Braces
Performing several bad habits while wearing braces can cause extensive damage to the wires, brackets, and teeth. Some of these habits, such as smoking or nail-biting, may take some time for you to stop. Try to find ways before you get braces to stop these bad habits. It may take a while, but it will prevent you from having to constantly go to the orthodontist for emergency appointments because you broke your braces or damaged a wire.
Tip #4 – Use Wax and Warm Water Rinses to Help Toughen Up Your Cheeks and Mouth
The wires of your braces will poke the inside of your mouth causing you pain and discomfort. You can reduce any discomfort you feel from your braces by toughening up the inside of your cheeks and mouth. Swishing your mouth out with warm water rinses with a teaspoon of salt or applying wax to your lips are some of the things people have done to toughen up your cheeks and mouth.
If you have any questions about wearing braces or need additional tips to help you adapt to life with braces, call us at Stevens Orthodontics. The staff at Stevens Orthodontics understands that it isn’t always easy to adjust to life with braces and we are here to help. We will gladly answer your questions or provide you with advice.