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Almost every teenager has to go through this right of passage, getting braces. Not many teenagers look forward to that big day. But hopefully, you’ve put in place a good oral hygiene routine from a really early age. Having good foundations and knowledge of how to look after your teeth and why will have prepared your teenager for this day. As prepared as they may be it always helps to have first class family dentistry. Your teenager needs to be comfortable and have confidence in the dentist performing the procedure. My daughter recently got braces. I’m going to give you some tips we used to prepare for that dreaded appointment and first few days after getting braces.
Take Aleve or Tylenol
Your kiddo is going to be in a bit of pain when they first get their braces. Go ahead and give them a little tylenol or aleve before their appointment to cut down on the pain.
Have lots of soft foods ready
It will be hard to eat solid foods for a little bit. Go ahead and buy things like soup, yogurt, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, etc. You might even want to pack your kiddos lunch for a few days until they adjust to eating normal foods again.
Make the appointment in the afternoon
Your kiddo isn’t going to want to go to school right after they get braces. If possible, make the first appointment after school so that they have the evening to rest to get used to their new braces.
Have the chapstick ready
Getting braces means sitting in a chair with their mouth pried open for about an hour. Have some chapstick on hand when they are done. Your teenager will love you for this.
Get some orthodontic wax
Getting used to braces comes with some scrapes to the inside of the mouth, especially if they are adjusting to playing an instrument with their braces. Orthodontic wax will help with the adjustment period.
Eat a good meal and brush your teeth really good before the appointment
As you can tell eating will be hard the first few days. Go ahead and eat a good meal before the appointment. Have your kiddo brush their teeth really good before the appointment.
Get a waterpik
Keeping the braces clean will be super important. You don’t want to be that person with food stuck in your braces. A good waterpik will help keep your teeth and braces nice and clean.
I hope this helps! Best of luck on this journey to getting straight teeth! If I missed any tips on how to prepare for braces please leave them in the comments below.