Adjusting to Your New Braces

Heather K. Burch Orthodontics

You may not be excited to be getting braces, but before you know it…you will love your new braces. And soon you will realize your braces are working hard to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.

To help you get used to your new braces as quickly as possible, the team at Heather K. Burch Orthodontics recommends...

Avoiding Sticky and Hard Foods. Braces are attached to your teeth with an adhesive that normally will withstand the forces of eating. However, braces can be dislodged and wires can be bent or broken when eating certain foods. For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard and sticky foods should be avoided as hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets and sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires.

Smooth Things Over. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, until your cheek tissues have toughened, you may find it helpful to use a small piece of orthodontic wax around the bracket that is creating the irritation. Don’t worry…the soreness from your braces will not last long.

Brush and Floss Regularly. You may notice that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces. But brushing and flossing after meals will help prevent plaque from forming and should become part of your daily schedule.

You and your braces will go through a lot together. When all is said and done, we know that you will realize that getting braces was worth it.

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