Life with Braces and Caring for your Braces
Congratulations! You have officially begun the path towards your healthiest, most beautiful smile. Once you begin your orthodontic treatment, you will have to make a few lifestyle adjustments. Adjusting to life with braces means you must take good care of your teeth, and your braces during treatment. Our tips will help you get used to your new braces in no time!
The first few days with braces can be accompanied with tenderness and soreness. This is perfectly normal, but the good news is that it gets better. Usually within 2 to 3 days the general soreness will subside. You can follow the analgesic recommendations that were given to you. Hang in there, and know that it will all be worth it!
It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated as they become used to the braces. Warm salt water rinses (1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of lukewarm water) are a great, old fashioned remedy. It is also important to have great brushing and flossing to keep the bacteria at bay, and don’t forget to use wax, which we will provide for you.