Learning 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.