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While getting new braces can be exciting, it can also be a little nerve-wracking. You may wonder what they will feel like and how long it will take to adjust to them. Many patients are worried they will be in pain or they won’t be able to follow the diet plan.

This is why we made this guide for adjusting to braces, reviewing what to expect when you begin treatment and how to deal with the challenges you may face.

Want to find out if you or your child needs braces? Visit Reese Orthodontics in Charleston, SC for leading orthodontic care.

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Adjusting to Braces: Will Braces Hurt?

Many patients’ worst fear is that new braces will hurt, but they are not supposed to. At your first appointment, you may feel a tightening sensation when the wire has been affixed to the brackets. This is the pressure of the braces beginning to work on your teeth, and it may be uncomfortable for a few days.

However, braces should not produce pain. If you feel any stabbing or pricking pain, a part of your braces may be broken or loose and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Since braces are a brand new sensation in your mouth, you may develop sores at first on your lips, especially if you play an instrument. To mitigate this discomfort, gargle salt water to soothe inflammation. If necessary, you may take an OTC pain reliever for the first few days. You can also ask your orthodontist for a special wax that you can put on your braces to prevent them from rubbing against tender spots.

Another great way to lessen this discomfort is to stick to soft, chewable foods for the first few days of treatment and after each adjustment. Your teeth may be sensitive to harsh chewing for a few days as they adjust to the pressure of your new braces.

Adjusting to Braces: Why Am I Salivating So Much?

It’s common for patients to notice extra salivating when they first get their braces. They realize they have to swallow much more often and wonder if something is wrong. But this is perfectly normal. What’s happening is that your mouth detects the braces as a foreign object and does the only thing it knows how to do – use saliva to flush it out.

Of course, the braces aren’t going anywhere, so your mouth just has to get used to them being there. The elevated salivation should subside within a few hours of your first appointment.

Adjusting to Braces: How Do I Keep Them Clean?

Cleaning braces is an important aspect of ensuring safe and effective treatment. While wearing them, food and sugar will get stuck in the nooks of your brackets, under the wire, and between your teeth. Since it’s more difficult to thoroughly brush and floss with braces, many patients experience dental issues while wearing them.

Without proper care of your teeth, you may develop stubborn cavities, gum disease, tooth calcification, or even tooth decay. This is why brushing thoroughly with a soft-bristled toothbrush (preferably mechanical) is so important, reaching every facet of the brackets and getting under the wires. Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride.

You should also keep a mouthwash handy to rinse once per day. If possible, you can use a Waterpik with some mouthwash in the basin to flush out the hard-to-reach spots. Additionally, ask your doctor how to use floss threaders if you can’t do it. These small devices let you loop floss under the wires of your braces to ensure that you can still floss during your treatment.

Adjusting to Braces: What Should I Eat?

Diet is a huge part of successfully adjusting to braces. Soft foods like eggs, potatoes, and cake can help you avoid discomfort, while chewy or fibrous foods like bagels, steak, and pretzels can hurt. They can even bend your wire out of shape.

Another way to adjust to braces is to avoid smoking since the chemical staining can get under the wire or aggravate sores. Speak with your orthodontist about the habits you should change to successfully adjust to your braces.

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If you’re an adult who is considering braces, you need professional advice on your treatment and payment options. For orthodontic treatments in Charleston, SC, Reese Orthodontics offers the latest technology and treatment plans. Our advanced and comfortable orthodontic treatments can be customized to suit your needs. A consultation with Reese Orthodontics includes scans, a comprehensive exam, and a conversation with the orthodontist to discover which treatment options are right for you.

Schedule an appointment with us today to stay ahead of your oral health and receive the best possible treatment in your area.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).