You may not be excited to get braces at first, but before you know it…you will love your braces. There will be some bad days, but there will be lots of good days too. You will soon realize your braces are working hard to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.
To prevent any ill feelings between you and your braces the team at Kelly Orthodontics recommends...
Avoiding Sticky and Hard Foods. You don’t want to do anything that could cause your braces harm and sticky or hard foods can break a bracket or wire. Even though it may seem like all of your favorite foods are the foods that are sticky and hard, there are plenty of great tasting foods out there that will keep your braces safe.
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.
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 can also be very soothing to your gum and cheek tissues. Don’t worry…the soreness from your braces will not last long.
Floss Regularly. We know that it can be a pain 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, remembering your braces fondly and you'll know that it was totally worth all the hard work.