1. Pain is similar to muscle soreness
Pain from braces is more of an ache. Contrast this to the pain from a pinch, which is immediate and sharp. After a hard workout: first day isn't bad, 2nd-3rd day are the most intense, then the soreness begins to go away. The same can be expected with braces.
2. Wax is your best friend!
Pokey wire? Wax! Loose or broken bracket? Wax! Cheek Irritation from the brackets? Wax! Get the point? Helpful tip: dry the area with a paper towel so the wax sticks
3. Start with soft foods
Start with soft foods and try not to bite down with too much force. As you get used to your braces, you can increase the biting force and the hardness of the food until you find the happy medium.
4. Mouth ulcers may develop
Ulcers are normal during the first weeks and nothing to freak out about. What’s the solution? Wax! Place the wax over the irritating bracket and allow the ulcer to heal. You’ll likely forget it was an issue by the time you return for your first adjustment.
5. Brushing and flossing...Practice makes perfect!
Brushing and flossing with braces can be challenging but a must. Plaque and calculus (tartar) build up can slow treatment, lead to bad breath, swollen gums, and have a negative effect on your oral health and social life. Like with anything, the more you do it the easier it gets.
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Dr. Freddie Martinez DDS, MS
Orthodontist/Owner at Martinez Braces
Faculty at UNLV Orthodontic Residency