When most people get braces, they do so with the expectation that their teeth will eventually become straight, resulting in a winning smile. However, while getting braces applied to one’s teeth is not a painful process, there are some things that do occur during the first few days once the braces are in place. If you’re getting braces soon and want to know what to expect, take a look below at some of the most common occurrences.
For people who get metal braces, a very common occurrence is mouth sores. While they may be a little uncomfortable initially, they are usually nothing to worry about. Since the gums and inside of the mouth are not used to having all that metal to deal with, it’s natural for a few sores to pop up along the way. To help alleviate any discomfort, orthodontic wax can be applied to the parts of the braces that are causing the sores. In most cases, the sores will disappear within a few days and more than likely not return.
As a person’s teeth begin to move once the braces are applied, there may be many foods that may have to be off limits for a few days. Crunchy foods, or in fact anything that requires significant chewing, should probably be avoided for the first several days after getting braces. To play it safe, most orthodontists recommend eating soft foods such as soup, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and yogurt.
Since most people generally don’t talk with their mouth full, it may take a few days to get used to speaking well with a mouth that now has lots of metal inside it. But by practicing at home with family and friends, most people rapidly learn how to navigate their new mouth hardware and speak as well as they did before they got braces. For people who really want to challenge themselves, trying their luck with a few tongue twisters can not only help them speak much better, but also provide some fun along the way.
While getting braces can take some getting used to for a few days, the benefits they provide over time far outweigh any initial discomfort. By making sure to follow all instructions provided by the orthodontist, such as avoiding certain foods and brushing one’s teeth regularly, it’s a virtual guarantee that within a year or two all that metal and hardware will produce a beautiful smile that nobody will be able to resist.