Have you got that perfect Hollywood smile?

If you do, you’re part of a minority. According to a study, more than a quarter of people don’t like to smile. Why?

They don’t like the way their teeth look.

Whether your adult teeth have just come in or you’re older and wiser, don’t delay. Get some braces today!

You may wonder what to expect in your first week with braces. Will there be pain or discomfort? We’ve done the research so you don’t have to.

Brace yourself. Let’s brush this!

Brace Yourself For…

So, what to expect when getting braces? Each person will have a unique experience. But here are some of the most common feelings during that first week with braces.

A Strange Sensation

In your first week with braces, the braces may feel strange against your lips and tongue. Unknowingly, you may be moving your lips and tongue over the braces constantly. Your braces may also feel as though they are sticking out.

These weird responses to braces are completely normal and will disappear as your mouth gets used to the new alignment.

In fact, you’ll have a similarly strange sensation when your braces are eventually taken off!

Excess Saliva

As well as a weird feeling when getting braces for the first time, you may also feel like you’re swallowing a lot of salivae. This is because your mouth treats the foreign object (your new braces) as a food. This response activates your salivary glands.

Having a mouth full of your spit isn’t anybody’s cup of tea. But this odd sensation should go away in a few hours.

An Unusual Bite

In your first week with braces, your bite will feel different. This is because your teeth will start to move. After the first week, you may not notice the subtle changes as your braces get to work.

But if you have lower braces, the braces may have “bite bumps”. Some orthodontists place these little bonding buttons onto the biting surface of your teeth. This prevents you from biting down too hard against your braces.

This will start to feel normal by the end of your first week with braces.

Some Soreness

What to expect when getting braces? Pain…it’s inevitable.

How long does braces pain last? Each person is different, but usually, the pain will subside within 4-5 days. Then after a week or two, you should feel no pain at all.

If the pain is hard to bear, you can relieve the ache with a pain reliever. If you have many sores and cuts in your mouth, try rinsing your mouth with salt water. This will give relief and help the sores to heal.

A Tight Feeling

Your teeth are technically “caged” and will feel a little tight for the first few days.

Some braces are also activated by body heat. If they are feeling particularly tight, try rinsing with ice water. This may temporarily relieve the pressure.

Loose Parts

Some brackets or parts may become loose during treatment. If you notice anything that feels loose or out of place, you should schedule an appointment to get your brace tightened up.

If you find your brackets are coming loose regularly, you may need to pay extra attention to the foods you’re munching on.

You may wonder, “What can I eat with braces on the first day and beyond?” And, “How can I look after my braces properly?” Keep reading to find out the answers.

Surviving Your First Week with Braces

Now you know what’s coming, how can you reduce your discomfort? Read on to find out how to ease the pain when getting braces for the first time.

Food, Glorious Food

The glue that holds the braces to your teeth is very strong. But it can take 24-48 hours to set.

You may wonder, “what can I eat with braces on the first day?” Instead of giving you a long list of foods you can and can’t eat, try following this simple tip: Eat soft foods!

For example:

  • Pasta
  • Seedless bread
  • Vegetables (softly cooked)
  • Soup
  • Yogurt

But there are some foods you should avoid throughout your whole treatment. For example, sticky foods that can damage your braces. And foods super high in sugar that may cause tooth decay under your braces.

Use your common sense and don’t stick anything into your mouth that could damage your braces too. For example, nail biting or pen chewing.

Check Your Supplies

Before you leave the orthodontists office, make sure you have all your essential items. Depending on the type of brace, you may need:

  • Dental Wax
  • Elastic Bands
  • Cleaning Aids
  • Headgear
  • And More…

And make sure you know exactly what you need to do before your next appointment. For example, wear your headgear, use elastics or follow a specific hygiene regime.

Wax On, Wax Off

The brackets in your brace are round for your comfort. But when getting braces for the first time, you may get sores on the inside of your cheeks and lips.

If you’re experiencing sores from your brace, you can use wax to reduce the irritation. This won’t last too long. After a few weeks, your cheeks and lips will toughen up.

Don’t Rush While You Brush

Oral hygiene is vital on any day, but with a brace it is CRITICAL!

You should brush your teeth in a circular motion at least twice a day. Brushing after meals will help to keep those pesky food particles at bay too. According to Oral-B, you should “spend three times as long on your oral care while you have braces on your teeth”.

Flossing and rinsing with a fluoride rinse is also highly recommended.

The more time you spend on your teeth now, the better they will look when your brace is finally taken off.

Straight Teeth are Always in Style

Now you know the drill, you WILL survive your first week with braces. And don’t forget, straight teeth are always in style. Any pain you feel now will be worth it in the end!

Here at Kuperman Orthodontics, with the latest technology, we use a variety of safe and gentle treatments to give you the care you deserve. So, what are you waiting for? Book a consultation today.