Are you about to get your braces? If so, you are probably feeling a bit anxious now, wondering if braces hurt and what it will be like when you have them on. Well, you can relax, because in truth, the discomfort you will feel from braces is really manageable.
We know you would feel more confident when you know more so here are some things you’d want to know if you are getting braces:
You can expect some discomfort when braces are applied to your teeth. You have to eat slower and your meals will definitely take longer as you’d have to adjust to chewing. It is advisable that you only eat a soft food diet for the first couple of days. You can have soup and yoghurt, eggs, and pasta for example.
FIRST THREE DAYS
As your teeth start to realign, you are going to feel some discomfort. It will take time until you get used to the pressure of having wires and elastic ligatures in your mouth. You may find relief from discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medication. Of course, your orthodontist will provide you with instructions on how you can deal with this discomfort. In most cases, the slight pain and discomfort are gone by day five.
REGULAR ORTHODONTIC APPOINTMENTS
Getting your braces on is only the beginning of the process of straightening your teeth. You are going to have your braces adjusted by your orthodontist from time to time so that your teeth will continue to move properly. Make sure you make it to your appointments. Some discomfort is also expected for a couple of days after each orthodontist appointments.
HOW TO DEAL WITH DISCOMFORT
While the discomfort that may be caused by braces is inconvenient, it’s still very manageable. Besides, they only last for a few days after your braces are applied and when you get them adjusted. Over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen and acetaminophen may help to relieve a headache and soreness that are often associated with getting braces. Rinsing with salt water solution may also help alleviate swelling and discomfort.
You are not the only one feeling anxious about getting braces. But you need not fret over it much. The question of whether or not braces will hurt should be set aside because they are really bearable. Think of why you’re getting braces instead, and focus on how great your teeth and your smile will be after the braces have done their job!