You are ready to get the braces for the first time but you might feel a bit nervous or confused. Understanding what to expect after getting your braces will prepare you for the process. Putting braces on doesn’t hurt. Having your braces put on is totally pain-free. Learn more about our: Orthodontics
Here are some of the things that you can expect once you get your first clear braces:
Once you have your braces put on, you’ll probably feel some pain or discomfort after a few hours. But this pain is quite bearable and usually lasts only for a few days. However, it can occur again after the re-adjustment which can be reduced using over-the-counter painkillers.
As your mouth is not used to these wires and brackets, your lips and gums can possibly sore. You can reduce the swelling by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater solution. Plus, apply dental wax for keeping your mouth from getting irritated or inflamed.
This feeling is normal as the teeth are being shifted into different positions. To move, they have to be loose and once they are in their right position, you’ll get rid of your braces and your teeth will become strong again.
In the starting, you can only eat soft foods to minimize pain from chewing. We suggest you eat mashed potatoes and cauliflower, yogurt, fish, cheese, soft fruit, and soft-cooked vegetables. Avoid eating sandwiches as they are sticky and difficult to chew too.
Foods that can get stuck around the braces easily are not recommended. Some of them include soft candies, popcorn, and caramel. Also, stay away from hard foods like carrots, nuts, etc. as they can warp the braces.
After getting your braces, it is important to see your orthodontist every 8 to 10 weeks. This will help your teeth adjust properly and solve problems before they get bigger. During your visits, you’ll have the chance to ask any concerns that you might have. Moreover, the wax, rubber bands, and cleaning tools must be stock up while you are there so that you won’t run out on any of these.
It is a common misunderstanding that getting your braces will restrict you from performing daily activities like playing sports. You can still play games but make sure to use the mouthguard. And if you play a musical instrument like a flute, you’ll get used to this new feeling in your mouth after some time.
Wearing traditional clear braces for almost one to two years is quite normal. This is the standard duration of this treatment but it can be reduced if the condition is stable. However, in case of a complex condition, expect to wear them on for even more than the standard treatment length.
You’ll definitely be going to love your new look when you take these braces off. You’ll feel younger, more confident, more beautiful and be able to enjoy other benefits of these braces in the future. Learn more about clear braces.
Meet Dr. Nam Hardy, Kids Dentist at Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.