3 Things Every Person Should Know Before They Get Braces

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Do you need to get braces, but feel very nervous about having them put on your teeth? If so, it will help to know the following things about braces before you move forward with the procedure.

What Does It Feel Like To Have Braces Put On Your Teeth?

One of the main concerns you may have is whether it hurts to have the braces put onto your teeth. The process of actually attaching the brackets to the teeth is not going to hurt at all. That said, there can be some discomfort that you'll feel from simply having someone work on your mouth for so long. 

A cheek retractor is used to stretch out your cheeks, which is used to help ensure that your teeth are very dry so that the braces can be attached. Consider using chapstick so that your lips are not so dry prior to the procedure. 

When that cheek retractor is removed, it is going to create a weird sensation where it feels like your lips cannot wrap around your teeth. Your lips will eventually get used to those brackets on your teeth after a day or two, and you'll have the same feeling on the day that the braces are removed as well. Thankfully, it will just feel different for a short while. 

What Should You Have On Hand To Help Adjust To Wearing Braces?

Since it will take some time to adjust to wearing braces, there are a few things you can have on hand to make the first few days easier. You should have dental wax and a numbing gel ready to deal with those small cuts that happen from the braces coming in contact with your cheeks. You can apply the wax to the brackets to make them softer, and the gel can help deal with cuts that happen.

The trick to applying dental wax is to make sure that your braces are very dry first. Then roll the wax into a tiny ball and attach it to the braces. If the bracket is wet, then that wax ball is going to fall off quite easily. 

Why Do Your Teeth Feel So Tender After Getting Braces?

There is some discomfort that happens after getting braces and when you have adjustments made. Since your teeth are just starting to move, there is some inflammation that is created around the root of the tooth and allows it to move. You may notice some discomfort chewing immediately after an adjustment, which is normal to experience. Consider taking a pain reliever for the first day or two, since that is when you'll experience it the most.

For more information, contact a local orthodontic office, like Reed & Sahlaney Orthodontics, LLP.


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