5 Tips to Help You Adjust to Your Orthodontic Braces

Braces apply a gentle pressure that, over time, moves your teeth in a desired direction. Because of this pressure and the additional upkeep that braces require, adjusting to wearing them can be difficult. The first couple days can be uncomfortable. There are different sensations when eating, drinking and sleeping. Your morning routine is altered and your eating habits need to be reevaluated. At Michigan Orthodontic Specialists, though, we’re here to tell you that with just a few small adjustments, you’ll adapt to your new orthodontic braces and, ultimately, come to reap the full benefits of having them.

1. Brush after every meal

Brushing your teeth in the morning and evening should already be a part of your daily schedule. After receiving your new braces, you should increase the frequency to prevent food from getting stuck in them. This will prevent stains and, in the long run, promote healthy oral hygiene.

2. Floss every day

Believe us, we get it: nobody likes flossing. It’s a time-consuming process and if improperly performed can be downright uncomfortable. With your orthodontic braces, however, it’s important to floss at least once per day to prevent the buildup of food particles. To avoid discomfort, Dr. Souers recommends using a floss threader, floss pick or one of our Sonicare AirFloss Rechargeable Electric Flossers.

3. Avoid certain foods

Especially in your first few weeks with braces, try to avoid sticky, sugary foods, chewy foods and hard foods. Things like nuts, chips, beef jerky, soda, taffy and popcorn can lead to problems with your new braces. Instead, enjoy softer foods such as bananas, mashed potatoes, cheeses, pasta and seafood. Not only will you be protecting your teeth, you’ll be promoting good, healthy eating in general.

4. Build a kit

Since it’s much simpler to brush, floss and eat properly when you’re prepared, you should consider creating a travel kit that will make your new habits easy to abide by, even while you’re away from home. Important things to pack include: a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, snacks and orthodontic wax.

5. Communicate with your orthodontist

At Michigan Orthodontic Specialists, Dr. Souers is always willing to lend an ear. Whether you’re looking for help finding the best fluoride toothpaste or you want to learn all about braces, Dr. Souers and the team here will take the time to listen, understand and offer advice. So, if you’re considering orthodontic braces, give us a call and let us know how we can help you adjust!