Making the Most of Life with Braces
Braces are a great way to get a truly beautiful smile. What is even better is that the treatment period for wearing braces is typically not too long. However, braces do require a certain amount of specialized dental care to produce fantastic results. The following information can help you continue the lifestyle you love while wearing your braces.
For the first few days of wearing your new braces, you may experience soreness of your teeth and mouth, and biting into foods may also be uncomfortable. To alleviate any discomfort, use warm salt water to rinse your mouth when needed. For more stubborn pain, you can take the over-the-counter pain reliever you prefer. If you have soreness or irritation in your cheeks, lips, or tongue from contact with the braces, you can use the wax your team of family orthodontics experts provided to help ease the pain.
If one of your wires becomes loose and irritates your mouth, get a blunt tool and gently push the wire back into place. Use wax to prevent further injury to the inside of your mouth and visit your orthodontist so your braces can be checked for damage.
When they first get braces, many people wonder what foods they can—and cannot—eat during their treatment period. For several days, eat mainly soft foods while you adjust to your braces, steering clear of tough meat, hard bread, chewy candy, nuts, popcorn and crunchy fruits and vegetables. You will be able to resume eating most foods sooner than you think, if you cut things into smaller bites when necessary.
Thorough brushing is extremely important while you wear braces, so be sure to maintain a strict dental care regimen. Braces create nooks and crannies that can trap food and hasten tooth decay or plaque buildup, so brush carefully.
One of the best ways to get the results you want from your braces is taking good care of your orthodontics and protecting them from harm. Remember to wear the headgear, rubber bands, or retainers your orthodontist prescribed. If you play sports, be sure to wear a mouth guard to protect your braces, as well as your mouth and teeth.
To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Thorndale, call Gentle Dental of Thorndale today at (610) 590-1798 or make an appointment.
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