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Life with Braces

Thus, the braces are fixed and now you will have to wear them until the end of treatment, which means that at least a year and a half you will have to live with them. The first thought that comes to the patient's head: "Will I ever get used to them?" But people get used to everything and even more so to the braces, and the nature has come up with the adaptation period, after passing which, you will feel braces the same way you feel your own teeth.

What happens during this period?

Pain

The pain can be different: the first days of constant nagging and later only while chewing and shutting the teeth. Typically, the pain is not more than 7 days. But it also depends on the characteristics of each patient. One does not feel pain at all, the other complains of pain during two weeks. One thing is for sure - it will all pass. If the pain is annoying, any painkillers that you would normally use for headache, help cope with the toothache. Do not endure pain, the more you suffer, the more negative will be your attitude to treatment. But if the pain does not stop for two weeks, does not pass after taking pain medication and doesn't fit the mentioned above, contact your orthodontist.



Rubbing and irritation of the mucous membrane and tongue

 

is the most common complaint, especially in the first few days after fixation of braces. As a rule, the braces rub themselves as well as the hooks on the rings. Again, it does not make sense to bear the pain because the more you suffer, the longer and more difficult the mucosa and the tongue will adapt. Normally, after fixing the braces the orthodontist issues protective orthodontic wax. This wax should be stuck onto the rubbing elements of braces. After some time the wax will dissipate or disappear from the braces. By the end of the adaptation period (usually 3-7 days) the rubbing has to stop.
During the treatment rare situation can occur when something rubs (arch or ligature), but it is not as much as it was before, so here the doctor and the wax can help.


Diction

Change in the diction is not so much with the outer (vestibular) braces and is significant with lingual (internal) ones. With the vestibular braces the diction defect is so inconspicuous that even if it exists, it corrects itself and does not require special attention. However, the lingual braces cause a disruption of the sounds, which are pronounced by repulsing the tongue off the teeth. Usually, the patient with lingual braces lisps. But it is noticeable within a few days and, as a rule, only by the closest relatives. The diction problems are corrected in a very simple way: by talking a lot or reading a book aloud.

 

Proper Nutrition

While wearing non-removable orthodontic appliances one needs to follow certain rules of nutrition. This will directly affect the duration of wearing braces; this is why all recommendations must be necessarily and implicitly followed!

  • Do not bite with your front teeth products such as apples, carrots and other hard fruits and vegetables, they should be cut into small pieces or ground to the consistency of mashed potatoes.
  • It is strictly forbidden to eat such products as crackers, nuts, pistachios and roasted candied nut.
  • You should avoid food that is bad to clean off the tooth surface, as in the period of wearing braces brushing teeth is already difficult: chocolate, potato chips, popcorn, caramel.
  • Avoid too hot and too cold drinks.
  • Do not eat all too-sticky food: caramel, toffees and chewing gum.

Failure to follow correct diet will result in a partial breakage of the device, followed by its replacement, which will increase the material cost and duration of orthodontic treatment.