After Braces Instructions
You’re on your way to straighter teeth and a better smile!
All patients feel strange and awkward initially but everyone gets used to braces in a few days. Here are a few tips to ease you in…
I feel Weird…
- Your lips may feel ‘stuck’ on the braces. That’s because your teeth are no longer ‘flat’.
- In a few days, your lips and cheeks will adjust to this.
- It may taste sour/metallic just after braces are installed but that will go away.
- There’s more saliva in your mouth for the first week. This will re-adjust with time.
- Lips tend to get dry. Do apply lip balm, especially before you sleep (even more so in an air-con room!).
Will there be discomfort?
- Patients do get ulcers from new braces. Sleeping on the side of your face, can cause ulcers to develop on that side. Use braces wax at bedtime to reduce ulcers from developing!
- Applying the prescribed ulcer cream onto the ulcer helps! These ulcers gradually disappear as your mouth gets used to them.
- Use braces wax! Wrap up any ‘bulky’ braces areas with wax to buffer against ulcers. Watch our ‘Braces Wax’ video here.
- Drying the braces first helps the braces wax stick better to it.
- For the first 3-5 days, as your teeth start to move, it is normal to feel discomfort when you chew.
- Soft diet and taking the prescribed painkillers will help.
- Teeth that are moving from crooked to straight will feel ‘shaky’. This is normal.
What should I Not Eat?
- Your normal diet will not be affected; just modify how you eat.
- Apples, raw carrots and meat should be cut into smaller pieces and chew with your back teeth.
- Hard and sticky foods like peanuts, chewing ice cubes, crab claws and chewing gum are best avoided.
- Sometimes with hard food or trauma, the braces may ‘pop’ off. Accidents can happen and is easily managed. Wrap the loose braces with wax. If it irritates you, call us for an earlier appointment.
- Reduce the intake of soft drinks as the high sugar and acidic nature can cause tooth decay. Your normal diet will not be affected; just modify how you eat.
How do I clean?
- Do brush your teeth, gums & braces at least twice a day. Watch our video on ‘How to Brush with Braces’ here.
- Start using the super-charged Fluoride mouth rinse designed for braces to prevent decay. Prevention is better than cure!
- Gargle with water often.
- Use the ‘Christmas tree’ brush (interdental brush) to clean under the wire in an ‘up-down’ fashion, every night before brushing your teeth. Watch our ‘Interdental brush for Braces Cleaning’ video here.
- Even better… never floss again by using power flossers that are designed for braces like the Waterpik for Braces care!
- Remove any soft wax on the braces before brushing.
- Soft wax that is accidentally swallowed is ok. It will pass out when you go to the toilet (like fibre!).
Do call us at 67379797, during office hours, if you need help with your braces care. In the meantime, Click Here for quick tips on managing braces emergencies.
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Dr Poon Kee Hwang & The Team at MyBracesClinic