Even though this might have been a treatment that you have wanted for a long time, you might not have been prepared for the major adjustments that you have to make once the braces are in place. To help you get used to the braces and to care for them properly, you will want to read through the following tips.
You Will Need To Eat Some Soft Foods
You will most likely experience some pain and discomfort when your braces are first put in place. There is a good chance you will continue to feel some pain and discomfort each time your dentist needs to tighten the braces so your teeth can continue to move into the position they need to be in. For a few days after the initial application of your braces and after each appointment for adjustments, you will want to eat soft foods. Stick to foods such as mashed potatoes, gelatin, pudding, and soup. The harder it is to eat the food, them more your pain will intensify.
Avoid Things That Can Stain Your Teeth
While this may be something that you always want to do, even when you don't have braces, it is especially important when braces are on your teeth. This is because stains from coffee, tea, soda, wine, or smoking will stain only the portions that are not covered by the braces. Since braces may be worn for a year or two, depending on the severity of the adjustments that need to be made, you could find that you will have two-toned teeth once the braces are removed. The portion of your teeth that were covered by the braces will be much whiter than the portions that were exposed to the stain-causing substances.
Don't Panic If You Discover Loose Teeth
Your teeth are going to be put under a lot of pressure as they are moved into the correct place. In order to move them, the teeth will loosen a little bit. Therefore, this is not something that you need to panic over. However, if you find that you have a tooth that is so loose that it looks like it could fall right out, you should consult with your dentist, as there could be a problem with one of your teeth. Remember, there is a difference between a little wiggling and root disconnection.
Should you need assistance advice, you can always consult with your dentist. He or she may have some pamphlets that you can take home to review.