Tips for Managing Braces

Braces can be uncomfortable and tricky to manage, especially if you’ve just gotten them put on. It’s important to understand how to properly care for your braces to ensure that they are effective and don’t cause any additional pain or discomfort. Here are some tips for managing braces that will make the process easier. 

Avoid Eating Sticky Foods 

One of the most important things to remember when wearing braces is to avoid eating sticky foods. Sticky foods like caramel, taffy, gummy candy, licorice, etc., can easily get stuck in the brackets, wires, and bands of your braces which can lead to increased discomfort and make it harder to keep your teeth clean, and could even break a bracket off a tooth. If you do decide to indulge in a sticky snack every once in a while, be sure to brush your teeth immediately afterward. 

Keep Your Braces Clean 

It’s important to keep your braces clean at all times since food particles can easily get stuck in them which can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay. Make sure you brush after every meal and floss at least once a day (while avoiding flossing between wires) so that you don’t have any unwanted surprises when you go back in for an adjustment. Additionally, rinse with a mouthwash that contains fluoride as this will help protect your teeth from decay and cavities over time. If you can follow these steps, you will be able to keep your braces and teeth clean and healthy during your treatment.

OTC Pain Meds for Discomfort 

Even though it takes some time to get used to having braces on your teeth, there are some over-the-counter pain medications available that can help ease the transition period. Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen as needed if you experience any discomfort from the orthodontic adjustments; however, it is best not to take more than the recommended dosage listed on the bottle as doing so could lead to other health complications. 

Managing braces correctly is essential for proper oral hygiene during treatment. By avoiding sticky foods, keeping your braces clean by brushing regularly and using mouthwash with fluoride, plus taking OTC pain meds as needed – these tips will make managing your braces easier so they work properly! This will ensure better results when it comes time for the removal of your braces! Keep up with these tips while wearing them and you won’t have any problems!

Are you interested in learning more about how braces can help you get the smile of your dreams? Read more about braces at McAllister Orthodontics!