What should I pay attention to when wearing braces for the first time?

All things in life have to be the first time. Orthodontic braces are the same for us. Today, china dental lab will take you to see what pain relief methods and precautions are available.


1 Relieve pain and discomfort


There will be an adaptation period of 1-2 weeks after wearing braces for the first time. After each follow-up, the teeth may experience slight pain. This pain is usually tolerable. The pain generally lasts for about 2-3 days without medication.  Contact your doctor if the pain doesn’t get better or if it keeps getting worse. To relieve pain, cold water in the mouth, soft food, and orthodontic wax can be used.


2 Diet Precautions


The braces (scientific name appliances, Clear Aligners) are fixed to the tooth surface by bonding, and they will not fall off under normal circumstances. In order to prevent the brackets from falling off, you need to pay attention to your diet: you should not eat food with bones. The following foods should be eaten after deboning: spare ribs, chicken wings, chicken legs, duck necks, rabbit heads, crabs, etc.

Fruits with pits should be eaten after removing the pits: dates, plums, plums, nuts, etc.

Large pieces of food and hard fruits should be cut into small pieces or slices and eaten, and chewed with the occlusal surface of the teeth when eating: apples, pears, peaches, etc.

Eating hard foods (such as peanuts, beans, etc.) or sticky foods (such as rice cakes, rice balls, chewing gum, etc.) can easily cause the brackets to fall off, and should be eaten with care.

It is advisable to chew slowly, and avoid gulps. If you feel that there is a hard object against the brackets when chewing, you cannot continue to bite hard, so as not to cause the brackets to fall off.


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3 good oral hygiene habits


Patients wearing braces should pay special attention to oral hygiene during treatment. If the teeth are not brushed cleanly, there will be food residues and soft scales on the tooth surface and around the brackets. Under the long-term action of oral bacteria, gingival swelling, bleeding, gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth surface demineralization, caries, etc. will occur.

Gingivitis, typically characterized by red, swollen gum margins and bleeding from brushing.

Demineralization of tooth enamel, typically as a chalky plaque on the crown surface around brackets.

Time to brush your teeth: Please brush your teeth after breakfast, lunch and dinner, after eating snacks, and before your follow-up visit. Brush your teeth for at least three minutes each time. Ensure that all three sides of each tooth (labial, lingual, occlusal) are effectively cleaned.

Focus on cleaning around the appliance, carefully brushing the soft dirt and remaining food residue on the teeth. When brushing, ensure that all three sides of each tooth are effectively cleaned.

It is recommended to use a small-head soft-bristled toothbrush or a special toothbrush for orthodontics, fluoride toothpaste, dental floss, interval brush, irrigator, etc. Orthodontic toothbrush with longer edge bristles and shorter middle bristles, which can better adapt to the tooth surface shape after the bracket is pasted. Use dental floss to clean areas under the arch wire, adjacent to the teeth, etc. that cannot be reached by a toothbrush.

Tip: Mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing your teeth!


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4 Good doctor-patient cooperation


On-time follow-up: According to the doctor’s working hours and your specific situation, make an appointment for the follow-up time. If you have an emergency, please call during the doctor’s working hours to reschedule.

Contact in the following situations: If the appliance falls off, or if you find that the wire in the mouth is stuck in the mouth or the wire is deformed, you should contact the doctor in time. The doctor will arrange the treatment time according to your specific situation, and wear the orthodontic device strictly according to the doctor’s order.


5 Correct bad oral habits

Bad oral habits can lead to abnormal pressure on the oral and jaw system, and the longer the bad oral habits persist, the greater the likelihood and severity of malocclusion. Therefore, it is necessary to break the bad oral habits as soon as possible and block the occurrence and development of deformities.


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