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Getting used to life with braces can take a little time! If you follow these tips and make healthy choices, wearing braces will be a breeze, and before you know it, you’ll be showing off a brand-new smile.
When you first get your expander or braces put on, and when your braces are adjusted, you may feel some soreness. This is normal and a sign that your mouth is starting to get used to an appliance. You can use a simple home remedy that will help: Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of lukewarm water, then swish the salt water mixture around in your mouth and gargle. Spit it out and repeat several times a day until the discomfort is gone.
Sometimes, your cheeks, gums, and tongue may become sore when you first get your braces on. Your orthodontist will give you wax that you can place over the part of the braces that is causing discomfort. If your pain is bothering you, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Your teeth may seem a bit loose and even wiggle a bit once your braces are on. This is exactly what is supposed to happen—in order for your teeth to be moved to the proper position during treatment, they will have to loosen just a little.
Also be aware that with an expander, you may salivate a bit more than you normally do, since your mouth may think that your appliance is food. That’s likely to end in just a few days.
Sometimes, the wires that bind the braces together or the elastics will become loose. If this happens, call Dr. Gutiérrez’s office right away so that we can have you come in and get your wires fixed. Sometimes, a bracket will dislodge and that may have to be repaired before it’s put back in your mouth. If the loose wires are bothering your mouth, cheek, or gums, try putting some wax over it to cover it until you come into our office.
So many kids (and adults) who come into our office enjoy playing sports but are concerned that wearing braces with cause a problem with their activity. You CAN wear braces and play sports—even contact sports. However, we suggest wearing a mouthguard during this time so that your braces and teeth won’t be harmed during play.
By far, this is the most asked question that we get! Everyone wants to know what they can and cannot eat and drink while they’re wearing braces. We have good news: you can eat and enjoy almost everything. However, you should avoid certain foods:
You can drink nearly everything, but keep in mind that you shouldn’t drink too many things with sugar, like soda, to ensure that you’ll be able to keep your teeth clean.
You can eat:
If you have any questions about the care of your braces, call Dr. Gutiérrez’s office and we’ll assist you.