How to Survive Your First 7 Days with Braces

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Do you remember when your friend or family member got their braces in Fort Lauderdale? They might’ve talked a little funny because the brackets felt uncomfortable in their mouth. 

Are braces as bad as people claim them to be? The answer is no. Sure, there’s going to be an adjustment phase, but once you survive the first week, everything will go much more smoothly, and you’ll eventually get used to your new orthodontic device.

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Braces Survival Guide

Plan Your Meals

Braces don’t require a special diet, but they do come with restrictions. However, diet restrictions only apply during the first few days while your mouth is sore and still adjusting to your braces.

We suggest you go on a soft diet that includes foods like yogurt, soups, puddings, soft vegetables, soft bread, and pasta during the first week. Then, when your mouth no longer feels sore, you can gradually shift your diet to solids, except for hard and chewy foods, as these may potentially damage your braces.

Use Wax to Ease the Soreness

Brackets have a rough texture, and often they can rub against the soft mucous membranes of the inner cheeks of your mouth, causing irritation. Don’t worry. You will get used to it over time, but this can be annoying during the first week. You may cover some of the brackets with wax to minimize the discomfort.

Rinsing with Saltwater

There are cases where braces wearers experience irritation. You can minimize the irritation by rinsing your mouth with saltwater solution six times a day for approximately 30 seconds.

To make the saline solution, all you need is to mix half a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water. This solution helps heal the sores fast. 

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Are You Interested in Braces in Fort Lauderdale? 

You can take comfort in the fact that braces pain is only temporary. If you want to learn more, we’re happy to discuss this more in-depth during your visit. At TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we offer an array of affordable dental treatments that are guaranteed to enhance your quality of life and restore your self-confidence. Call us today for an appointment.

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