How will Braces, Expanders, Retainers, and Invisalign Affect my Life?
As you can imagine, with braces, expanders, retainers, or any other orthodontic appliance, there’s an adjustment period. And, you may have to do a few things in your life differently as you adjust.
I’ll discuss what to expect, changes you may experience, and how you can minimize any unwanted distractions or deviations from your daily life.
Here’s what you can expect:
- A general soreness for about a week after the initial appointment and two
to three days after the adjustment appointments.
- Soreness in the teeth as well as lips and cheeks (from rubbing against the braces).
- Food will get stuck in the braces. Be more diligent with brushing, flossing and your overall hygiene. If you aren’t, you can experience swelling, redness, inflammation of the gums, as well as the beginnings of cavities around the braces. This leaves a white ring around the braces that’s unsightly when the braces come off.
- You’ll have to be more careful with activities where you may bump your lips like wrestling and football. When you play sports, wear a mouth guard. Now, you can’t wear normal mouth guards because they will not fit over the braces and the teeth. And, the mouth guards can’t be form-fitting because the teeth will move. You don’t want them to impede the movement of the teeth. Most orthodontists have special mouth guards for braces and different kits for keeping teeth clean.
- I often hear: “Do I need to be worried about kissing my boyfriend or girlfriend who also has braces?” I can assure you I never heard of someone getting stuck to someone else with braces. Myth debunked.