People regularly express their concern that ‘it will hurt’ prior to making their decision to have braces fitted.
Having a brace fitted doesn’t hurt, the appointment only takes 20 minutes and is very comfortable and pain free! Your teeth will probably feel tender for a few days after. This short lived discomfort can easily be relieved over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. If your brace rubs your lips for the first few days, or the inside of your cheeks, we provide you with special wax that can help to ease this.
You should have no problems adapting to speech with a brace. You may have problems saying certain words to start with. Some people find it helps to practise by reading aloud. This will again only last a few days until you adapt, and even then is not noticeable to others.
When you have a brace fitted, you can almost enjoy all of your favourite foods! However there are some foods and drinks you need to avoid. These include:
- chewing gum and other sticky, chewy foods such as toffees, because they get stuck in your brace and may damage it
- hard/ chewy sweets, fruit juice and fizzy drinks (including the diet varieties)
If you eat any hard or crunchy foods, such as apples, cut them into small pieces before you eat them.
When you play sports you will need to wear a gum shield for contact sports (we can provide you with this) if you have a fixed brace. You may also have to take your removable brace out if you play a musical instrument such as the flute or trumpet. If you wear a fixed brace, you may find it difficult to play these kinds of instrument at first, but you will soon learn to adapt easily.
So overall there is no need to worry about having your braces fitted! Our patients all say this after the first 20 minutes that they had been ‘dreading all week’!