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5 Tips for Making it Through Your First Week With Braces

5 Tips for Making it Through Your First Week With Braces
Posted on 10/12/2021

Getting braces can be a hard thing to adjust to, especially if you’re getting them for the first time. Traditional wire braces are one of the best ways to straighten your teeth but can be hard to clean and eat with. However, it can also be easy to deal with. At White Orthodontics, we have come up with 5 ways to help you survive your first week of braces. Our doctors and staff are committed to making sure that every patient feels confident while wearing braces. We have the resources you need to help you succeed.

Emphasis 5 Tips For You!

  • Be Careful of What You Eat!- It’s hard adjusting to a new diet because, with braces, there are certain restrictions to follow. We highly suggest keeping a well-balanced diet. We highly suggest only eating soft foods for the first few days while your mouth and teeth adjust. Stick to pasta, seedless bread, soft veggies, pudding, soup, yogurt, etc. After about three or four days, the soreness will start to go away and you can graduate to more solid foods, but always steer clear of gum with sugar in it. Gum with sugar in it can cause damage to your teeth and braces.
  • Upkeep Your Oral Hygiene Regime- Don’t forget to follow your normal routine of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing on a regular basis. Be sure to get the food that might get stuck in your brackets. Because food and plaque can get stuck into braces, make sure to clean your teeth thoroughly.
  • Fight Sores- Brackets and wires can rub on the soft skin in your mouth and can cause irritation while you’re still getting used to them. Over time, your skin will toughen and you won’t continue to get sore spots. Until then, it’s a good idea to use wax or petroleum jelly to protect your gums.
  • Stock Up on the Right Tools- Besides using a regular toothbrush and floss, there are now many different tools that can make it easier to clean your teeth. Try getting a WaterPik before getting your braces. This can make it easier to clean your gums and teeth between the brackets. You can also find an interdental brush at any drugstore near you. Also, check online for specific losses that can make flossing easier, such as using a floss threader, super floss, and/or a platypus flosser.
  • Stay in Touch With Your Orthodontist- If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, or your brackets/wires have broken, contact your orthodontist. Also, make sure to follow up with making regular check-up appointments so your orthodontist can check your progress.

Come See Us at White Orthodontics!

Getting braces can be an exciting time for you because you’re now getting one step closer to straighter teeth! At White Orthodontics, we strive to give every patient the proper orthodontic care they need, all while giving them high-quality services. Contact us to make a consultation today! If you have any questions or concerns, call or email us! Our O’Fallon and Florissant offices consist of professional doctors and staff who are here to help everyone.