Braces are a major adjustment. This discomfort is especially felt on your first week of this new treatment. Treatment time is long, it has to be to make sure that the effects of said treatment stay after the brackets and wires come off. Braces work by essentially putting your teeth and sometimes your jaw on a small but contact amount of pressure to slowly move things into their right place. Naturally, the presence of this foreign object in your mouth for extended periods of time will not feel natural. Here are a few things you can do to get through your first week of braces.
On your first week, your gums will probably be the area most affected by your braces. The gums aren’t used to constant pressure on them, this will probably cause some inflammation and pain. Over-the-counter pain killers like Advil should do the trick to minimize discomfort.
Steer Clear From Hot AND Cold Food And Drinks
As we’ve established, your gums are pretty sensitive. It’s best to avoid stimulants that can irritate them. Gums are also especially sensitive to temperature. Hot and cold food can make your teeth and gums feel incredibly uncomfortable especially during braces treatment. Best to eat lukewarm and soft foods the first week of treatment.
Use a ToothBrush With Soft Bristles
You may be noticing a pattern here. Essentially, be gentle with your teeth gums when you start orthodontic treatment. Hard bristles, though common, can be painful when your gums are inflamed. Soft, fine bristles are the better choice for your teeth and gums. Brushing will be more difficult with braces, and it may be more uncomfortable, best use the tools you can to make it as painless as possible.
For any other orthodontic concerns or inquiries, or if you’re looking to start orthodontic treatment, schedule a consultation with us here at mBrace.