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Learning to Love Your Braces

Published on June 21, 2021
If you just got braces…you may be thinking that this is the worst possible thing that could ever happen to you.  Your mouth is most likely sore, you’re probably having a hard time eating the foods you love, and you are may be wondering if it is ever going to get any better.  Well…we know exactly what you’re going through, and we are here to tell you that pretty soon you are going to love your braces.

Not loving your braces just yet. Try these helpful hints below.

Smooth things over. When you first get your braces, sore spots may develop on your cheeks. To protect your cheeks, place wax on the bracket or wire. Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day is also very soothing to your gum and cheek tissues. Don’t worry…the soreness from your braces won’t last long, so try your best not to get mad at your braces. 

Avoid sticky or hard foods. You don’t want to do anything that could cause your braces or orthodontic appliances harm. Even though it may seem like all of your favorite foods are sticky and/or hard…sticky or hard foods can break a bracket or wire.

Chew with your back teeth. Taking a large bite of food with your front teeth can leave your braces vulnerable to damage. Cut large foods into smaller pieces and use your back teeth to chew.

Floss. We know that it can be hard to floss around your braces, but flossing is the best way to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems. If you find flossing with braces difficult, don’t give up on it. There are tools that can help. Ask us about Floss Threaders. Floss Threaders make flossing with braces much easier.

You and your braces will go through a lot together. When all is said and done, you will smile at yourself in the mirror one day and know that having braces was totally worth it. 
If you are having a hard time getting used to your new braces, give the Chorak Orthodontics Team a call.  Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help.
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