Your orthodontist is working hard to ensure you have a painless and comfortable experience with your braces. Regardless, your braces will require some adjustments: after all, it’s a big change to undergo, one that will be with you day in and day out for 1.5-2.5 years.
As you go through life with braces, you’ll want to have a couple tricks ready in your back pocket to make yourself comfortable and happy.
Food can easily get stuck in your braces while eating. Particularly, it can get stuck under wires between brackets. To fix this, start with taking a glass of water and swishing it around in your mouth. If the food remains, you should keep a travel-sized toothbrush or floss handy—they’re better than your average toothpick.
After getting your braces put on or going through a routine checkup or tightening, you may experience some discomfort. Soreness or sensitivity of the teeth or mouth is common. To minimize this discomfort, you can start with drinking cold water or other cold beverages. You can also rinse your mouth with salt water, using 1 teaspoon of salt in a tall glass of warm water.
If your teeth are still sore, there’s always the option of using pain relief medication (over the couter pain medication such as Tylenol, Motrin or Advil) before and after your appointment to ease your discomfort.
If you’re experiencing discomfort from tight braces, or you’ve just gone in for a checkup, stock your fridge and pantry with soft foods like bananas, pudding, pasta, stews, and rice. Avoid eating anything too crunchy, sticky, or hard, as these foods can irritate your teeth or place unnecessary pressure on your braces.
If you are uncomfortable or having pain, please contact Dr.Lee anytime at Lee Orthdontics.