There is no doubt that braces provide several benefits for the wearer. However, it is also important to acknowledge and address the challenges you or your child may face. Every individual will have different experiences, depending on the type of braces used in treatment.
It is up to parents, caregivers, the orthodontist and the wearer to navigate these challenges together. Reinforcing the benefits of braces and finding healthy ways to compromise are good starting points. There are common obstacles that will result in the most discomfort and restrictions. This is where most support is needed.
Pain After Tightening
Some individuals experience pain and discomfort when braces are tightened. This typically lasts for no more than a few days. Eating and drinking are difficult during this period. It is therefore important to identify foods that are soft and easy to chew. Pureeing acceptable foods may help when pain is most severe.
Braces use relatively simply mechanisms to align and straighten teeth. However, some components may trap particles of certain foods. Your orthodontist will provide guidance on which foods are most manageable during treatment. At Broad Street Braces, we recommend avoiding problem foods, as trapped particles can aid tooth decay.
Adjusting to Special Brushes
Wearing braces means adjusting to a new oral health regimen. In some cases, special tooth brushes are needed to keep the teeth and braces clean. The wearer will receive guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques at Broad Street Braces.
Unfortunately, you may need to give up your favorite beverages when wearing braces. A general list of drinks to avoid includes:
- Fizzy Drinks
- Carbonated Drinks
- Natural Fruit Juices
- Energy Drinks
- Sports Drinks
Your orthodontist will provide additional advice based on your lifestyle and any medical needs. These problematic drinks can stain the teeth around the components of your braces, as well as contributing to potential tooth decay.
Although wearing braces is common, some individuals still feel self-conscious when speaking, smiling or laughing. Reassurance from family, friends and the orthodontics team is helpful. If you need further support, do not hesitate to call our Broad Street Braces offices in Philadelphia today.