Preparing for your Braces

brooklyn-dentist-bracesHearing that you’ve got to get braces can be incredibly (and understandably!) overwhelming. From feeling potential pain, to worrying about the overall look, to having hesitations about which foods you can and cannot eat, it is easy to let confusion get the best of you. However, it doesn’t take long to get used to the look and feel of your braces, and, after all, they are beneficial in the long run! Use these tips and tricks to ensure a smooth transition from crooked teeth to beautifully straight teeth through the use of braces:

  • Things to avoid: It really isn’t hard to determine which foods you can or cannot eat. Avoid foods that are sticky, chewy, or that would easily get stuck in your braces. This includes chewy candies like gum and hard candies, and crunchy snacks such as popcorn.
  • Be prepared for some discomfort: While it doesn’t hurt to have your braces put on, you may feel some discomfort over the next few days. To lighten the pain, stick to soft foods for the first week. You can also take advantage of some over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen. Orthodontic wax can also help to prevent poking and prodding.
  • Cleaning: Brushing your teeth may seem strange during the first tooth brushing session or two, but all it takes is a normal, thorough brushing. Additionally, you may gargle with salt water to get rid of any bacteria. You can also use a proxy brush to clean in between the wiring of your braces.
  • Embrace the look: Embracing your look is one of the hardest parts or having braces. While you may feel like you’re the only one with braces, rest assured that you are not! Plus, think about how beautiful your smile will be once they come off!

Keeping these simple tips in mind will ensure a smoother transition and an easier time while wearing your braces. If you’re getting braces in Brooklyn and looking for a dentist who can offer the smoothest transition, be sure to give Park Slope Dentistry a call at 718-768-1111!