Adjusting To Braces:
1. Give it time. When you first get your braces they may not be what you expected or wanted. But after a while when your teeth start shifting you will notice how good they look. The pain will also go away a little while after each adjustment.
2. Stop worrying about how it looks and don’t be afraid to smile. People might not even notice, but they will surely know that you’re trying to hide something. So flash them, be proud of them! It will all be worth it in the end. You might also want to ask your orthodontist about clear brackets.
If you don’t want to draw attention to your braces, smile with your mouth closed at first. But soon you will be comfortable smiling and showing your braces! Get your favorite colors and you’ll find yourself smiling more.
3. Alter your mind set. Just remember that a lot of people have braces and you are not the only one who has to deal with them. Some people even say that they look hot!
Dealing with Pain and Problems:
1. Make sure your braces are comfortable after your office visits. Before you leave your checkups, check with your finger to make sure your wires are not poking out of the back. It is not normal for your cheek to be tearing because of a poking wire. If something is poking, your orthodontist will be more than happy to trim it and save you the pain of an agitated cheek. If they stick into your gums and start to tear at them, put some wax over the part that’s sticking in. Your dentist will have some you can use.
2. Take pain killers to minimize the pain of braces after an adjustment. Ask your orthodontist which kind he or she recommends.
3. Don’t be afraid to call your orthodontist when your braces are bugging you. Chances are that it is a simple fix, and that is what orthodontists are there for.
4. Don’t panic if a wire breaks! Just get a pair of nail clippers and clip the wire to where it is comfortable for your mouth. If the wire is sharp, you might want to file it down with a nail file or use orthodontic wax. Also, be sure to call your orthodontist very soon. A broken wire can increase how long you have to wear your braces.
5. Consider an appliance called a "bite plate" or a butterfly along with your braces, if your orthodontist recommends it. This is sort of like a retainer that helps your process go faster. Never, ever, ever pick at it or play with a bite plate, and always wear it as directed. If you don’t, it may take a whole lot longer for your braces to come off. If you also received a bite plate (like a retainer) from your orthodontist, be sure to put it in the case while eating when at school. You don’t want it to go in the trash can and have to dig through garbage to find it.
6. At the end of your treatment you will get a retainer that will hold your teeth in their new position. It is vital that you wear this! Otherwise, your teeth will move back into their original positions.
Making the Most of Braces:
1. Accessorize them! Have different color bands put on; don’t be afraid to make them your own unique accessory.
2. Don’t be afraid to wear bright and bold lipstick. Life is too short to waste being scared about petty things.
3. Think of it as jewelry for your teeth! Get them in your favorite colors!
4. Ignore those who taunt you. No one should be laughing at you. Many celebs had braces; Tom Cruise had to face the world while he wore braces, and no one cares!
5. Play up your eyes to take the focus off your mouth! Or show how confident you are with your braces (and your soon-to-be brilliant smile!) by adding shimmery lip gloss!
6. Concentrate on the future. Just remember that your in orthodontic treatment to make your smile be brighter and straighter. Remember, every time you feel like the braces aren’t worth it: These braces will give you a gorgeous smile with healthy, straight teeth, that you’ll have for the rest of your life. It’ll be worth it!
Take lots of pictures so that you can look back over your journey with braces.