Most orthodontic patients have questions about braces, especially wondering how their lives will be affected by wearing them. Here are some answers to some of the more commonly asked questions regarding life with braces.
Will I be able to talk normally with braces?
- With braces, speech can be affected initially, while your mouth and tongue adjust. Additional appliances such as a palatal expander may interfere with your speech more noticeably, but with time you can learn to speak clearly and properly.
Will it hurt to wear braces?
- You are likely to experience some discomfort for the first week after your braces have been applied. At first, your tongue and cheeks may feel sore from rubbing against the metal parts of the braces. Dental wax is available to smooth over the rough edges until your mouth has grown accustomed to your braces. You will also feel some discomfort following each adjustment of the braces as your teeth begin to move. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever with an anti-inflammatory property, such as ibuprofen, to help with your discomfort.
What foods should I avoid while wearing braces?
- Avoid hard foods or biting on oversized pieces of foods. You may dislodge the bands or brackets, and damage the wires. Avoid eating nuts, biting your nails, or chewing on the ends of pens or pencils. Cut hard fruits into slices before eating them. Avoid sticky foods and candy.
How do I brush my teeth with braces?
- Brushing your teeth while wearing braces is much more challenging than cleaning them normally. Do not leave food particles on your braces, as this can lead to decay and gum disease. Brush your teeth immediately following meals as well as each morning and night. It is prudent to carry your toothbrush with you. You will need to replace your toothbrush often, as brushing over braces causes them to wear out faster.
Schedule your appointment with Sherman Oaks orthodontist Dr. Fotovat today to get answers to any questions you have regarding your live with braces. Don’t let uncertainty hold you back from moving forward with your smile goals.