What A Typical Day with Braces Looks Like
If you have dental braces, then congratulations! You’re officially part of the 4.5 million Americans who are getting orthodontic work done with braces. Braces are an incredibly useful tool in correcting malocclusion, or a poorly fitting bite. Whether you have an overbite, an underbite, unwanted gaps between your teeth, or overcrowded or crooked teeth, getting braces can be the first step in restoring your confidence after a lifetime of poor dental alignment. We here at Dr. Tim Dumore & Team are excited about your new smile and want to explain to you exactly what you can expect in a typical day with dental braces.
What Can I Expect When I Wear Braces?
Many people are nervous about getting dental braces because they may know someone who has had them done before and have been warned that they may experience pain at first. The truth is, getting braces is actually quite easy and having them placed does not hurt at all. You may, however, notice a little bit of aching or pressure in the first few days following their application as you get used to wearing them. It goes away fairly quickly, though.
To help, start with eating soft foods for the first few days (yogurt, applesauce, soup, and pasta are all good choices) and take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to combat the discomfort. We may also give you analgesic to apply to your teeth and, if you get any nicks on your gums or cheeks, we can also give you some dental wax to help coat your braces. Feel free to rinse with salt water to help relieve any discomfort.
If you have any bad habits like biting your nails or using tobacco products, you'll need to retrain yourself so you stop doing it. It could damage your teeth. In your day to day life, you will have to modify your diet slightly for your own comfort. Avoid sticky foods, as they can get trapped behind your braces and can be a challenge to keep them clean. Hard or crunchy foods (like nuts, popcorn, and apples) should be avoided. It may take several months to get used to the sensation of your braces in your mouth, but after the six-month mark, most of our patients report that they don't even notice their braces anymore.
The biggest difference that you'll notice in day-to-day life is how you'll take care of your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing may be a bit trickier at first, but it'll quickly become routine to you. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush downward, facing your braces with the toothbrush. You may need to buy special floss threaders to help you floss between your teeth and your wires and brackets. Don't be surprised if you wear out your toothbrush faster, as your braces can be rough on it. Follow up your brushing and flossing with a good look in the mirror to make sure you got rid of all trapped food and debris. You don't want to go through all this work only to turn around and develop tooth decay!
If you have dental braces, then you are on the right path to having your most confident and beautiful smile. To learn more about braces, or how orthodontic work can benefit you, please give us a call here at Dr. Tim Dumore & Team at 204-809-6026 today for more information or to set up an appointment with us!