5 Tips for Making it Through Your First Week With Braces

5 Tips for Making it Through Your First Week With Braces
Posted on 08/24/2021

We know that getting used to braces can be a challenge at first. Metal braces, especially, can be an annoyance with all the brackets and wires that come with the device. And pain is involved too, which is not fun. However, at Dr. Taddeo Orthodontics, we want all of our patients to feel as comfortable as possible with their braces. If you are getting braces for the first time, the first week may be the toughest for you. But don’t worry! We have 5 tips for you to help you survive the first week.

5 Tips for Your First Week

The first week of braces can be the hardest to get through. Your teeth are getting used to the pressure from the braces, but it is a good thing! It means that your teeth are starting to shift. If you are struggling the first week, here are some tips to help you.

  • Follow instructions- Before you leave the orthodontist's office, make sure that your braces are comfortable as can be. Make sure the wires aren’t poking your cheeks or tongue. Also, don’t be afraid to ask any questions you have as well. It’s important to go over any instructions your orthodontist gives you, such as your hygiene regime and what supplies you’ll need to use.
  • Be cautious of what you eat- Orthodontists highly suggest sticking to eating softer foods, especially at the beginning of your treatment. Soft veggies, seedless bread, pudding, soup, yogurt, pasta, and smoothies are just some of the examples of what you can eat. Once you get used to the braces, you can adjust to eating more solid foods. The biggest thing to stay away from is gum, no matter what phase of treatment you are in.
  • Use wax to fight sores in your mouth- Brackets can rub on the gums in your mouth, which can cause irritation. Your gums will eventually toughen up over time, but in the beginning, you might want to use wax. This can make your gums and tongue less irritated from the brackets and wires on your teeth.
  • Use painkiller medications if necessary- If you do feel any pain or discomfort, it’s ok to take any over-the-counter pain medications. However, if pain or discomfort does persist constantly over a week, please feel free to contact your orthodontist as soon as possible.
  • Wear a mouthguard (for athletic events)- If you're an athlete or about to participate in any contact sports, please consider wearing a mouthguard. Wearing one will prevent lacerations and irritations if you do get hit in the face. It also prevents damage to your braces and reduces the likelihood of losing or damaging your teeth, which can push your treatment plan longer.

Propel

The best way to deal with orthodontic discomfort is by using the Propel vibration device. you were given the day your braces were placed. The Propel must be used once per day (5 minutes) but you can also use it anytime your teeth are sore. Consistency is the key to getting fast and mostly pain free results!

Need Help with Braces? Contact Us!

Braces can be a hard thing to adjust to, especially if you’re getting them for the first time in your life. At Dr. Ross Taddeo Orthodontics, we make sure that every patient feels as comfortable as they can in their braces. The first phase of any treatment plan is the most important, and our office always provides the best resources available. If you have any questions or concerns about your braces, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We want you to get started on the right track towards a better and healthier smile!

Dr. Ross Taddeo Orthodontics

  • Dr. Ross Taddeo Orthodontics - 1561 S. Alafaya Trail, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32828 Phone: 407-482-3700

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