Picture this, you walk into the orthodontist’s office to have your braces taken off. It feels like the best day of your life and you cannot wait to enjoy your beautiful smile and improved oral health.
Though, there is one thing to keep in mind. You can’t reach that point without taking care of your braces to ensure your treatment is successful. You will want to give your braces the TLC they deserve and need to bring your smile together.
Here are some great tips and tricks for keeping your braces in good condition to make sure your treatment has the best chance of success!
Remember the End Goal
Try to remain motivated throughout your treatment by keeping your eyes on the prize and chasing after the end goal of a beautiful smile. You should even take some “before” selfies to remind you just how far your orthodontic care has come.
Don’t Give Up
A lot of the time, it can feel weird at first to be wearing braces. However, this doesn’t mean that you should give up. It won’t take long for you to become used to the feeling.
The first day of braces can be a little uncomfortable, but this soon goes away.
Don’t Be Afraid
Many people getting braces are afraid of the pain of getting them put on. Having your braces put on doesn’t hurt at all. However, for a few days after you have them put on, your teeth and gums can feel quite sensitive.
The best thing to do in this case is to drink ice water or a smoothie to numb your mouth. You should avoid hard foods and eat soft foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, and soup.
Know How to Handle the Initial Phase
When you first have your braces put on, you may experience some lip and cheek irritation from the wires and brackets. However, your mouth will toughen up in 3-5 days and it won’t be a problem anymore. You can mix one tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water and swish it around to soothe any irritation.
If in Doubt, Visit Your Orthodontist
During your treatment, you may notice a loose bracket or wire poking you in the cheek. While there are options to fix this at home, you’re better off paying a visit to your orthodontist so that they can fix it properly. If you can’t see your dentist for a few days, cover the offending bracket or wire with some dental wax to avoid damaging your mouth.
Now that you’re up to date on how to make sure your treatment has the best chances of success, you’re on your way to showing off your gleaming new smile. Contact the friendly team at I Song Orthodontics to get your treatment started.