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4 Helpful Tips for Your First Week with Braces

October 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — kids-dentistry @ 2:29 pm
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Did you just start your orthodontic treatment? Congratulations – you’re now a massive step closer to the gorgeous smile you’ve been wanting! Naturally, the first week comes with the biggest adjustment, from finding out what you can and cannot eat to getting used to completing your oral hygiene regimen with brackets and wires. To make the transition into life with braces easier, here are four helpful tips for your first week with braces.

Tip #1: Stick to Soft Foods

Typically, you don’t have to wait to eat – you can grab a bite on the way home from your appointment if you want to! However, your teeth might feel a bit sore, and the sensation will only be heightened if you choose to eat whole nuts, raw vegetables, and other crunchy foods. That’s why we recommend choosing something that’s packed with nutrients and has a softer consistency, like a smoothie!

Tip #2: Use Dental Wax to Cover Any Sharp Edges

In the beginning, soft tissue irritation is common. After all, your lips, tongue, and the insides of your cheeks are not used to the presence of your braces. The good news is that you can use dental wax to alleviate discomfort and prevent uncomfortable mouth sores from developing. Since the material is water-resistant, you can keep it until it’s time to eat or complete your oral hygiene regimen too!

Tip #3: Rinse with Warm Saltwater Periodically

There are other remedies for alleviating irritation and preventing infections, like rinsing with warm saltwater. Simply heat up a cup of water and add some salt. Once the salt has dissolved a bit, swish the mixture around in your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. You should do this several times a day during your first week with braces.

Tip #4: Commit to a Solid Oral Hygiene Regimen

In short, the development of tooth decay, gum disease, or another serious oral health concern will bring your orthodontic treatment to a stop. To prevent that from happening, you need to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash consistently. Since the brackets and wires can make these tasks a bit more complicated, you can get special tools to help, like an interproximal toothbrush and pre-threaded floss.

About the Practice

At Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer our patients dentistry for infants, Invisalign for young adults, and everything in between! We’re also here to be a resource and support system. That way, you have a reliable place to turn with any questions that come up throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you want to learn more about what to expect during your first week with braces or you’d like to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call (860) 224-2419.

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