Orthodontic braces work on giving you a straighter, more beautiful smile – but these orthodontic appliances can take a while to get used to. Here are some tips to help lessen the discomfort when using braces.
Check your braces before leaving the clinic
After each adjustment, make sure that your braces are completely comfortable before you leave the clinic. This helps you avoid having to deal with problems on your own, such as a wire poking out and rubbing against your inner cheek.
Don’t be embarrassed to ask your orthodontist for help
Your orthodontist is there to help you make the most out of your dental braces – and that includes comfortable braces use. Tell your orthodontist if something about your braces is bothering you or making you uncomfortable so he or she can give you the help you need.
You don’t have to quietly endure your pain
If the pain becomes intolerable, ask your orthodontist for pain relievers.
Dealing with a (painful) broken wire
If a wire breaks, you need to tell your orthodontist or dentist immediately. For the mean time, you can use nail clippers to cut the wire and adjust its position so it doesn’t cause too much discomfort inside your mouth.
Resist the temptation to eat food on the “not allowed” list
You are given a list of food items to avoid because it will work best for you and your braces. Avoid chewy and hard food items such as chocolate bars with nuts (or other chunky ingredients), caramel, taffy, nuts, hard candies, popcorn, chunky peanut butter, and gummy bears. You can avoid a lot of discomfort (and inconvenience) if you stay away from these food items – at least while you have your braces on.