3 Things To Help You Adjust To Your Braces

Posted on: 27 January 2021

If you are going to get braces, you may be worried about how well you will adjust to wearing them. Adjusting to new braces doesn't just mean adjusting to how you look while you're wearing them, but also the way you feel while you are wearing them. So, what can you do to help yourself adjust to wear braces and to feel more comfortable while you are wearing them?

Water Flosser

One thing that you can do is to get a water flosser. A water flosser will help you keep your teeth clean while you are wearing your braces. It will also help to get any food particles out from under your braces' wires and from around the brackets. Those places can be difficult for you to reach using a regular toothbrush or dental floss. You need to make sure that you keep those areas clean because any plaque trapped around the brackets can cause cavities to start around the brackets and move under them. 

Dental Wax

Another thing that you can do is to get some dental wax. Your orthodontist may give you some when you first see them, but if they don't, you can get it at any pharmacy or grocery store in the dental health aisle. You can use this product to cover up areas on your braces where they rub up against your lips and gums and causing sore spots. Putting some dental wax on those spots will let your cheeks and lips get used to having the braces there.  

OTC Pain Relievers

You may want to take some OTC pain relievers before going to get your braces put on and before every appointment where you will get your braces adjusted. Those things can cause your teeth and jaws to ache, and if you take the pain relievers before your appointment, you will be able to be proactive about the pain and head it off before it gets too bad. If you wait to take the pain relievers until you are hurting, it will take longer to deal with the pain because you have to wait for the pain relievers to kick in.

If you are getting new braces, it's going to take some adjustment on your part. You want to make sure that you are doing everything possible to help yourself feel more comfortable while you are wearing them and help keep your mouth healthy while wearing your braces. 

For more information about braces, talk to a dentist.