Some people have a fear of having braces because they think it can be painful at the very beginning of the treatment. We are here to reassure you that it’s not true! Our team came up with some tips that can help you overcome the challenges you might have in the beginning of your orthodontic treatment.
- Get hydrated. Drinking lots of water helps keep moisture and saliva in your mouth. Eventually, saliva makes your checks lubricated, so they’ll rub less against your braces.
- Try cutting food into small pieces, as it will make it easier for you to chew and reduce the number your checks to rub against the braces. Additionally, small pieces of food will prevent your braces from getting broken in the future!
- Rinse with salt water. Till your body can get used to braces, use this method to soothe sire spots in your mouth. Just use 2 tablespoons of warm salty water in a cup several times a day in the beginning of your treatment.
- Use Orthodontic wax (you can also get it at our office). Using wax in the places that are most irritating in your mouth can soften them and prevent your tissues from getting damaged. We will provide and show you how to use orthodontic wax to apply over the braces as necessary.
Exactly when the discomfort is gone is impossible to predict and is different for each patient. If you experience strong pain or discomfort, you can also take an over-the-counter pain medication to help. After few days to a week, any initial discomfort associated with the braces treatment should be gone or much improved. Your teeth will gradually get acclimated to the braces, and eating should be much easier.
Have any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us and ask or make an appointment! You can schedule your appointment with our professional orthodontists in Arlington Heights, Harwood Heights, Chicago (Pilsen), Burbank, Rockford and since December 2017 DeKalb and Algonquin!