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Your Guide To Braces

Do Braces Hurt?

The common misconception is that braces cause severe pain and discomfort, but the reality is quite different. In most cases, patients only experience slight discomfort or soreness in their mouths for the first few days after their braces are put on. This pain will subside over time and can easily be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and regular, gentle oral hygiene. Ultimately, while every patient’s experience will differ, braces do not have to be painful or uncomfortable if proper care and attentiveness are maintained.

How Do I Take Care Of My Braces?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things to keep in mind when you have braces. This means taking extra precautions when you brush and floss your teeth. You’ll also need to pay extra attention to what you’re eating since certain foods and drinks can quickly get stuck in your braces, potentially causing damage or decay. Some general tips for caring for your braces include using a soft-bristled toothbrush, choosing interdental cleaning tools like flossers, and staying away from hard and sticky foods. Visiting your general dentist for routine hygiene visits is always important, especially during orthodontic treatment.

What Can’t I Eat While Wearing Braces?

It would be best if you tried to avoid certain foods when you have braces, as they can be tough for your teeth and gums to handle.

  • Sticky candies and caramel can get stuck in the wires and brackets of your braces and make it challenging to keep your teeth clean.
  • Hard foods like nuts and cookies can easily damage your braces if you bite down too hard.
  • Acidic fruits like lemons and oranges can break down the enamel on your teeth, making them more prone to decay after your braces come off.

Choosing foods that are easy to chew and low in sugar when wearing braces is critical to keep your teeth healthy. By sticking to a well-balanced diet during this time, you can ensure that your teeth remain healthy even with the added challenge of wearing braces.

What Happens If Something Gets Stuck In My Teeth?

If something gets trapped between your teeth while wearing braces, you should first try to remove it with dental floss or a toothpick. However, if the object is too difficult to remove manually, you may need to see your orthodontist for help. Fortunately, if a foreign object is caught in your teeth while wearing braces, this can usually be resolved quickly and easily. So, if you find yourself in this situation, follow our orthodontist’s advice here at South Shore Orthodontics, and you should be good to go!

Should I Continue To See My Dentist While In Braces?

Yes, you should continue seeing your dentist while wearing braces. Regular check-ups ensure that your teeth remain healthy and robust during orthodontic treatment. Working with your dentist will allow you to reap all of the benefits of orthodontic care while making the process as easy and painless as possible.

Do I Have To Wear A Retainer After Getting My Braces Off?

When your braces are removed, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene habits to keep your teeth healthy and strong. One question that many people have when they are getting their braces removed is whether or not they need to wear a retainer after the braces come off. Retainers are necessary to help the teeth stay stable and prevent shifting over time. If you’re getting your braces removed soon, talk with our South Shore orthodontist about retention in the months and years following treatment.