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Smile through the Discomfort: Tips for Dealing with Braces

We know that embarking on your orthodontic journey can come with some initial discomfort, but fear not!

The team at Varble Orthodontics is here to guide you through every step of the way. We understand that braces can sometimes be a little bothersome, so we've put together some handy tips to help you navigate those moments of discomfort with a smile.

Tip #1 - Rinse with Saltwater

When braces start rubbing against the sensitive tissues of your mouth, the discomfort can be eased by rinsing with a saltwater solution. Just mix a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water, swish it around your mouth for 30 seconds, and spit. This simple remedy can work wonders in soothing the irritation.

Tip #2 - Wax On, Wax Off

If a pesky wire or bracket is causing irritation, dental wax can be your knight in shining armor. Apply a small amount of wax over the troublesome area to provide a protective barrier between your braces and your delicate gums and cheeks. Remember, we're always happy to provide you with extra wax during your appointments!

Tip #3 - Choose Soft, Braces-Friendly Foods

While you're sporting braces, it's a great excuse to explore the world of soft, braces-friendly foods. Opt for mashed potatoes, smoothies, yogurt, or soup. These foods are not only gentle on your braces but also ensure you're getting the necessary nutrients to keep your smile shining bright!

Tip #4 - Cold Compress for Swelling

If you experience any swelling or soreness after an adjustment, placing a cold compress on your cheek can help reduce discomfort. Just grab a soft cloth or a bag of frozen peas, apply it to the affected area for 10-15 minutes, and let the cool relief work its magic.

Tip #5 - Sugarless Gum for the Win

Did you know that chewing sugarless gum can actually alleviate the discomfort of braces? The gentle chewing motion can help relieve tension and provide temporary relief. Just make sure to avoid gum with sugar, as it can stick to your braces and cause more harm than good.

Tip #6 - Follow Your Orthodontist's Guidelines

One of the most crucial tips we can share is to follow the instructions and guidelines provided by your orthodontist. By diligently wearing your elastics, utilizing any prescribed appliances, and maintaining good oral hygiene, you'll not only ease your discomfort but also stay on track for your dream smile.

Remember, you're not alone in this journey.

Our team at Varble Orthodontics is always just a phone call away (or in the app for VO-on-the-Go patients) to answer any questions or address any concerns. We're here to make your experience as smooth and comfortable as possible, guiding you toward that beautiful, confident smile you've been dreaming of.

So, chin up and keep smiling! The temporary discomfort will fade away, but the stunning results of your braces journey will last a lifetime. Trust the process, trust Varble Orthodontics, and get ready to rock the world with your winning smile!


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