Getting braces? While you may expect discomfort and some pain with this orthodontic appliance, it’s important to note that this is all for a good cause. Here are some tips to keep in mind to make your braces-wearing days easier.
Try to Get Almost Unseen Braces
Although clear braces or aligners are expensive, they serve a particular purpose, depending on your situation. So, if you need them, you may have to go along with the dentist’s advice. Invisalign offers a discreet way to have your teeth aligned, while clear braces that are attached to the back of the teeth rather than the front are for those with underbite. This will help ease any self-consciousness you might have, especially if you deal with people on a daily basis. Of course, you can also choose colourful braces if you want to flaunt them rather than hide them.
Get a Waterpik to Help You Clean Your Teeth
Having braces means going to the dentist on a routine basis for cleaning and adjustment. Don’t wait for the day to clean your teeth, though. Use a Waterpik to reach those hard-to-reach areas. Brushing your teeth is still a must, but the Waterpik helps flush out any food particles that might be stuck between the braces.
Buy Lots of Soft Food and Skip the Hard Ones
Feel free to eat hard food items before the braces since you’ll be banned from eating them while the braces are new. Colgate especially recommends avoiding sticky and chewy foods that tend to attach to the sides of your orthodontic appliances. On the plus side, you can eat lots of ice cream as the soft texture, and cold temperature of the dessert helps ease any pain you might have due to the braces.
Carefully Choose Your Time for Brace Placement
It’s usually best to have those braces placed near a non-working day. For example, you can have them put on a Friday so that you can lie down and relax for the next two days when the discomfort might be at its peak.
It’s not surprising for you to become self-conscious once you get braces. You’ll find, though, that in the long run, braces will help you get a better smile and a more confident personality.