Are you or your child going to be getting braces soon? If so, you may be wondering what it will be like living with braces. Of course, the benefits of having braces far outweigh any small problems, but still the question remains – what changes will need to be made to my everyday life? When you are thinking about getting Lawrenceville braces, we hope you are also thinking about visiting us at Davis Family Orthodontics.
Our expert orthodontist at Davis Family Orthodontics is Dr. Laura C. Davis. Dr. Davis is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists. Today there are many different types of braces available, and situations will vary based on the type of braces you are using. If you are using Invisalign clear plastic aligners you may feel a slight pressure on your teeth for the first few days of wearing each new aligner. Otherwise there will not be many differences since they are removed for eating and cleaning teeth. However, when you get Lawrenceville braces that use wires and brackets your experience will be a bit more different. To begin with, it will take you a full day for the bands to completely affix to your teeth. You will be advised to eat soft foods for the first few days. It will take some time to get used to eating with braces.
Getting used to Lawrenceville braces will take a small amount of time. At first, the braces may feel awkward, and your teeth may be tender or sensitive to pressure. However, there is no cause for concern as this is completely normal and those feelings will go away soon. You may also fee that the braces are “sticking out,” but this feeling will also go away quickly. Orthodontic wax, used to keep the brackets from irritating your cheeks, may become loose in your mouth and need to be replaced. In this case, simply contact our office for a little extra wax. If you initially feel discomfort or soreness, don’t worry – this feeling will go away very soon. It can be gently relieved by over-the-counter pain medication. You will also want to avoid eating certain foods, but be sure to keep eating a healthful diet. Try to avoid foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy, or that are known to cause cavities. Some examples of these foods are: nuts; hard or sticky candy; celery; whole apples; and hard taco shells. You also should be sure to brush and floss regularly, after meals. For an appointment with our expert orthodontist, contact our office.