Posted on 7/25/2019 by First Impressions Orthodontics
|Getting braces is something that a large portion of the population will experience. Without a doubt, getting braces is important to correct the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth.
Still, for some people, the process can be difficult because they are not prepared. Here are some things you can do to help yourself adjust when you are planning on getting braces.
Change Your Way of Thinking
For many people the biggest challenge of braces is simply adjusting to the fact that they have them. This can be due to a number of reasons, not the least of which is the stigma that many people feel comes with braces.
Change the way you think of braces: they aren't horrible things to be avoided at all costs; rather, they are performing the valuable role of correcting the alignment of your teeth. As such, they should be embraced rather than viewed with dread.
Get Plenty of Soft Foods
For the first few days after your braces are put in, your mouth will be in a heightened state of discomfort. As time passes, you will adjust, but for the first few days you will want to stick to soft foods that are easy to chew. So, make sure you have plenty of them on hand.
The flip side is that you are going to need to avoid hard, crunchy foods for a bit. Because of this, it might be a good idea to go out and splurge on them before you get braces. If you enjoy a certain type of food, and you know you'll need to avoid it once the braces are on, treat yourself to that food now. It will help to curb the urge to eat it later on when you should be avoiding it.
By following these tips, you can help prepare yourself for braces. Once you've adjusted to them, you will hardly even notice that you have them anymore. So, focus on getting through the first few weeks.