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Life With Braces

Life with braces does not have to be difficult, but it does require a bit of dedication and a few adjustments. It is important to take excellent care of your teeth and braces during your treatment to achieve optimal results. Follow Hillsdale Orthodontics’ tips, and your braces treatment will go by without a hitch.

What to expect after braces are placed

Having braces put on is a painless procedure; however, the days immediately following can come with some tenderness and soreness. The discomfort should be mild and it will typically go away within two to three days. Your orthodontist will provide you with ways to relieve any tenderness in the days following having your braces put on. Warm saltwater rinses, over-the-counter pain medicines, and eating soft foods can also help.

Your cheeks, lips, and tongue may also experience irritation as they get used to the brackets and wires in your mouth. It is much like adjusting to brand new shoes and getting a blister or two. Warm saltwater rinses are great for relieving soreness associated with braces, and orthodontic wax can be placed on any areas that are causing irritation. Be sure to pay close attention to your brushing and flossing to keep bacteria at bay.

Care & Maintenance

How to Floss with Braces

Eating with Braces

There are a few dietary adjustments that need to be made in order to protect your new braces and to ensure that your treatment goes smoothly. But don’t worry, there are many delicious foods that you can still eat!

 

Foods you CAN eat with braces:

Foods to AVOID with braces:

It may take a week or two to adjust to your new life with braces, but in no time, you’ll be a pro. Many of the foods can be cut up or prepared so that you can enjoy them without breaking off your brackets. While it can seem difficult to avoid some of your favorite foods during your treatment, use your smart judgement and your orthodontists’ guidelines to reach the end goal of a beautiful smile! Once you have your routine down, treatment will go by in a flash and you’ll be ready to show off your new, awesome smile.