Braces work very well to straighten your teeth but there are other advantages to having straighter teeth. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) there are thousands of children and adults that have their teeth straightened with braces each year. In addition to cosmetic advantages, some of the other advantages of having straight teeth are the ability to bite, chew, and speak correctly, much healthier gums, as well as the positive effect on your overall health. Living with braces while you’re awaiting your ideal smile is not difficult and our local Queens orthodontist, Rekha Gehani, DDS, is here to answer all your questions.
For the basics, our local Queens orthodontist suggests that our patients wearing braces avoid chewy, crunchy, sticky and harder foods that may cause problems with your braces. Although this seems like a large number of food types, it’s only temporary and you can return to eating all the foods you like when you get your braces off. If you’re experiencing any soreness caused from your braces, rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of salt mixed with 8 ounces of warm water. When your braces are adjusted regularly, you may feel some discomfort and if the salt water rinse doesn’t help you can take some ibuprofen according to label directions. Braces should also be protected when playing sports so you should definitely wear a protective mouth guard to avoid damage or injury to your mouth.
Our local Queens orthodontist, Dr. Gehani knows that your lips, cheeks and tongue can also become irritated for a week or two until they toughen up and become accustomed to your braces. We have a special wax that can be applied to your braces that will alleviate the discomfort. Dr. Gehani wants to be sure that you’re aware that your teeth may loosen during treatment. This is nothing to be concerned with since teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. When you’re teeth are in their corrected, new position they will become rigidly fixed and you will have the beautiful smile you deserve.