Your New Life with Braces

Your New Life with Braces

We have to be honest with our Bowie patients: life after getting braces is certainly different than it was before. There are quite a few adjustments you will need to make and you can expect that it will take a little time to get used to having your braces after they are placed at our Crofton area office. However, once you make the necessary adjustments, you will find that everything goes quite smoothly.

Not to mention how great you will look and feel once treatment is over and your braces give you a smile that is the envy of everyone in Upper Marlboro.

You should anticipate some soreness for the first 4-9 days after your appliance has been placed. Remember: braces work by applying a constant, yet gentle, force on your teeth in order to move them to their ideal position. As your teeth and gums adjust to this pressure, soreness will be experienced and that soreness can be exacerbated by biting pressure. During this adjustment period, we recommend that you stick to softer foods at mealtime. Anything you can drink or slurp is a safe option—such as soups, broths, and milkshakes. Items you can easily flake or mash with a fork are also good choices. Such items include fish, bananas, and pudding.If you have any questions about what you can eat after getting your braces, our Bowie area staff will help guide you.

As for relieving the soreness, if you find that it is bothering you, opt for over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil. A natural treatment is to rinse with warm salt-water. Finally, if the tissues of your mouth are sore from the appliance rubbing against them, you can apply dental wax to your appliance in the offending spot. This will make the friction less irritating and allow the tissue to adjust.

The hardest adjustment you will need to make is to your diet. After the soreness goes away and you are once again able to chew as you normally would, you will still need to avoid certain foods in order to protect your appliance. Foods that are either hard or sticky can break off brackets, bend wires, and loosen bands—and all of these issues can cause treatment to deliver less than ideal results or extend your treatment time. We know that neither you nor we want this.

Sugary foods and drinks can also lead to problems. While you are no doubt aware of the problems that high-sugar foods and drinks can cause your teeth in terms of cavities, they become even more problematic when you are wearing braces. Your appliance can gather the sugars to it, and many braces wearers struggle with effective brushing. The result can be painful cavities and unsightly stains on your teeth.

So, how will you need to adjust your diet?   ? Essentially, you must limit it to softer and healthier choices. Below is a brief guide detailing foods to avoid to help you get started, but our Crofton area office will explain everything when you get your braces.

Hard Foods

A hard food is any food you need to bite hard or crunch in order to eat. Many breads, such as hard rolls and bagels, are hard foods. Also falling into this category are hard-shell tacos, ice, crispy fruits and veggies, chips, and many types of candy.

Sticky Foods

A sticky food is any food that tends to stick to your teeth as you chew it. Most of these foods are candy, which should be limited anyhow. Some examples are caramels, taffy, and bubble gum.

Chewy Foods

A chewy food is any food you need to work hard to chew. Any bread with a firm crust, such as baguettes, jerky, and gummy candy are considered chewy foods. You also should avoid any chewing habits you have developed, such as chewing on pens and pencils.

Sugary Foods & Drinks

Any food that is high in sugar should be avoided for the health and appearance of your smile. Most baked goods, candies, frozen treads, and sodas will fall into this category.

Essentially, life with braces is going to be a bit more complicated than it was without them. However, that should not deter you; even though life with braces requires some modifications to your lifestyle, life after braces will make it all worthwhile. As we have been a Bowie braces provider for several years, we have seen the positive impact braces can have on the confidence and happiness of clients.
Before you leave our Upper Marlboro office, braces care instructions will be given to you and we will practice each step with you to ensure your comfort and knowledge. It is important to us that you do not find the process of getting and maintaining your braces to be intimidating.

Once you become accustomed to your new appliance, the tenderness will fade away and you will be able to live your life much as you always have, making a few small adjustments. Before you know it, those braces will be gone and your smile will be the envy of Upper Marlboro.

While we recognize that orthodontic “emergencies” are not life-and-death situations, we also understand that situations may occur that cause discomfort.

Teeth, when moving, can be really tender for about a week after the initial placement of the orthodontic appliances and also after each adjustment. Discomfort can be relieved by over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Motrin. Follow the dosage recommendations and any additional precautions as listed on the bottle. Some patients find it helpful to take the first dose at the appointment time to help prevent some of the discomfort to come when the teeth start to move.

Some inconveniences while going through treatment are normal. Many times repairs can be put off until your next regular appointment.

If you are experiencing a true orthodontic emergency that can\’t wait for regular office hours, please give us a call at (301) 262-8500.