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4 Helpful Tools If You Have Braces

January 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — sbworcester @ 7:44 pm
Woman with braces smiling while using interproximal toothbrush

Thanks to advancements in technology and the world of dentistry, orthodontic treatment is more accessible, comfortable, and affordable than ever before. Of course, there is still a bit of an adjustment period, especially when you first get your metal brackets and wires. The good news is that you can make life with braces significantly easier with some helpful tools on hand. Here are a few to consider keeping close by!

Orthodontic Wax

One of the most helpful tools to have nearby is orthodontic wax. If one of your brackets is irritating the soft tissue in your mouth or a part of the wire is poking you, then simply pinch off a small piece and place it over the sharp edge. The material is clear and water-resistant, so it won’t draw unwanted attention to your smile, and you won’t have to worry about getting a new piece every hour.

An Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever

Immediately following your adjustment appointments, you might feel some soreness. That’s good news – it means your braces are working to move your teeth into their properly aligned positions! The best thing to do if you’re struggling with discomfort is to take an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed. Note: ask your orthodontist if they have a certain one they recommend since sometimes anti-inflammatories aren’t ideal.

Travel-Sized Oral Hygiene Essentials

During orthodontic treatment, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of brushing and flossing after each meal. Not only will this help prevent tooth decay, but it will also keep your breath fresh and your braces clean! So, consider keeping some travel-sized oral hygiene essentials with you, like a small interproximal toothbrush, mouthwash, and toothpaste.

A Floss Threader

Patients often have a hard time when it comes to flossing with braces. The good news is that there are several tools that can help make the process easier, like a floss threader. You can also get packs of pre-threaded floss or use an oral irrigator. Whatever helps you consistently and effectively floss!

At first, having braces can feel like a part-time job between being careful about what you eat and completing your oral hygiene routine after each meal. Don’t worry – you’ll adjust before you know it, and the above tips will help along the way!

About the Practice

For many members of our team at Super Braces of Worcester, orthodontic treatment has been a part of their day-to-day lives for decades. As a result, we have plenty of tips and tricks to share with our patients! If you have any questions about how to navigate life with braces or you’d like to schedule an appointment to see if you’re a candidate, don’t hesitate to visit our website or call (508) 755-2207.

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