Dealing with braces can be very frustrating and even painful at times. The most important thing to remember is that it’s worth it; braces are the key to loving your smile for decades to come. In the meantime, here are a few tips to help you deal with your braces while you’ve got them.

Give it time.

You might find that your braces may not be what you expected or wanted. The most important thing you can do is try your best to be patient. You’ll start to see results, and when you do it’ll only get easier.

braces tipsEat soft food.

It’s no secret—braces can hurt. In some cases, the pain may last a few weeks. Our advice is eat soft food, until the pain subsides. After your braces are adjusted, it’s a good idea to switch back to soft foods as well. We also recommend taking some over the counter pain medication that day to help control the pain.

Use wax.

This is an important one. One of the things people complain about the most is getting sores from their braces. If you get these mouth sores, go to your orthodontic office or local store and pick up some orthodontic wax. Use a small piece of the wax and cover the spot where your braces are rubbing against your lip.

Have a dental kit.

Getting food stuck in your braces is a bummer. Brushing and flossing after each meal is the best way to get rid of stuck food. We tell our patients to carry a small bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss that’s convenient to take to the bathroom after a meal.

Stop worrying.

Odds are most people won’t even notice your braces—they’re commonplace. So smile and don’t worry about what people are going to think.

Remember your retainer.

We can’t emphasize this one enough. Your retainer keeps your teeth properly aligned, so make sure you wear your retainer as recommended, otherwise your teeth will move back to their original position. Typically, we tell our patients to wear the retainer day and night for the first six months. Don’t worry, after those six months you likely only have to wear them at night.