If you are an adult who recently had dental braces installed, then these orthodontist-approved tips will help keep you comfortable and ensure the process of straightening your teeth goes smoothly.
Tip: Buy and Use Clear Beeswax on the Parts of Your Braces Rubbing and Causing Discomfort Inside Your Mouth
Until the inside of your mouth gets used to having the dental braces rubbing against them, you may get small sores and irritation that will be painful. To avoid these issues, you can safely apply beeswax on any part of your braces that is sharp or rubbing in the wrong places. While kids often love to use wax that's bright red or one of their school's colors, you can purchase clear beeswax more appropriate for adults, and no one will be able to see it when you smile or talk.
Tip: Use Interdental Brushes Instead of Dental Floss to Deep Clean Between Your Teeth
As an adult with braces, you will soon find it is nearly impossible to floss your teeth between all of the brackets and wires. Thankfully, there are small brushes known as interdental brushes you can purchase and use to clean those hard-to-reach areas. If you don't have any experience with interdental brushes, they look very similar to the small brushes used to apply mascara, and they can be purchased in the dental aisle of your local pharmacy.
Tip: Avoid Eating Hard or Chewy Foods
Now that you have your braces installed, you need to avoid eating chewy and hard foods until they are removed. Some of the worst offenders include:
- beef jerky
- tortilla chips
In addition, you should avoid chewing gum because it can get stuck to your dental appliances and cause them to come loose or break.
Tip: Prepare an Emergency Kit to Carry with You or Put in Your Desk at Work
Finally, it is important to note that dental braces occasionally need attention when you are not at home. For example, if your office goes out to lunch, then you will want to brush your teeth afterward so you don't have food stuck under your wires and between your teeth. Also, sometimes rubber bands break or wax is needed for pain.
To prepare for these situations, make an emergency kit and either carry it with you or put it in your desk at work so you always have exactly what you need when you need it.