What to Expect During Your First Week of Braces

What to Expect During Your First Week of Braces

You’ve been to the orthodontist and they’ve told you that you need braces. While braces are sometimes seen as a rite of passage among teens, there’s a big difference between hearing your friend talking about it and you getting them yourself. The first week of having braces will come with a few adjustments. Do you know what to expect?

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Getting Used to the Feel

There’s nothing that quite compares to having braces in your mouth. It’s a foreign feeling, and it will take some getting used to. The only way to get used to the feeling of braces is to be patient and wait for your mouth to adjust. In the meantime, stick with eating nutritious soft foods. Soft foods are ideal for your first week with braces since they are easy to chew (and therefore more comfortable to eat) and are unlikely to damage the braces.

Dealing with the Pain

The good news is that getting braces put on doesn’t hurt. The downside is that they start applying pressure to your teeth right away, which can be uncomfortable. Then there’s the irritation that can come from the braces constantly rubbing against your mouth. 

You may experience some level of pain or discomfort during the first week of having braces (and after adjustments). Simple over-the-counter pain medication can help ease your pain and discomfort. You can also place dental wax over the parts of your braces that are rubbing your mouth to prevent developing sores.

Adjusting to Oral Care Changes

If you thought taking care of your teeth was a chore before, doing it with braces is a whole different ball game. Braces add a bunch of new places where food can get stuck and lead to decay. Be diligent with your oral care. It will take longer to do a good job, but thoroughly brushing and flossing while you have braces is important. Not only does it keep your teeth healthy, but it also helps them stay evenly white. You’ll be grateful that your teeth are the same shade all over when it’s time for them to come off at the end of your treatment.

Knowing what to expect when you get braces can help you feel more comfortable about getting them. The first week will be full of adjustments, including making changes to what you eat. It may seem like nothing but trouble now, but the payoff at the end when your teeth are properly aligned and looking great will make all of it worthwhile. Just remember to wear your retainer after they come off!

Did you enjoy this article? Here’s more to read: Why You Shouldn’t Be Hesitant to Get Braces

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