We all go through stages in life that are embarrassing, whether it be braces or teenage acne. Braces are an everyday part of life for people who grow up with teeth that need straightening or realigning. From unwanted stares to the agony of trying to floss, there are many struggles unique to people who wear braces. Here are some common challenges you might face as you navigate life with braces.
For traditional metal dental braces users, the experience of wearing braces can be awkward and uncomfortable, due to the metallic look of the metal brackets. Teens going through rapid physical changes may feel self-conscious about their appearance, and not want to smile in photos, or around friends or strangers. This also applies to working professionals or anyone who does not want to draw attention to themselves while having their teeth straightened. Fortunately, there are many kinds of braces available today that are less conspicuous, with some being practically invisible.
Teeth Discomfort and Soreness
As your teeth shift into their new positions, there are times you will experience discomfort and tenderness. Wires sticking out of the braces may also occasionally irritate the inside of your mouth and cheeks. This varies amongst individuals, with different braces types offering differing levels of comfort. There are a variety of effective ways to deal with teeth discomfort and soreness. If you experience discomfort, especially after having your braces tightened, eating soft foods or taking pain relievers can help to reduce soreness.
One of the most common struggles that braces users will face is when food gets stuck in their braces, especially sticky foods that are hard to remove. Then there’s that constant awareness of how much you chew or having to watch what you eat to avoid getting food stuck in your braces again. The pressure on your braces from chewing harder foods can also add discomfort to your day. Eventually, you might have to give up certain foods in general. The good news is that there are removable braces options such as Invisalign clear braces, so you can continue to enjoy your favourite foods without having to fret over the aforementioned struggles.
Brushing and flossing have always been the best ways to keep your teeth clean, but for those with braces, it can be difficult to do these things effectively. The metal brackets that hold the braces in place can trap food particles and become hard to clean. Braces wires and brackets may also develop an odour over time if food is trapped and left there for too long. If you are struggling with your oral care routine, try these smart ways and tips on optimising the brushing process.
Getting braces isn’t always a walk in the park, but there are ways to make your experience more comfortable. Treating misalignment, crooked teeth, and other dental concerns is what we do here at The Braces Practice. We love seeing our patients’ transformed smiles and we are here to help with all your dental needs. Our team is committed to making your treatment experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, through our friendly staff and expert guidance. Talk to us to find out how we can help you today!