3 Tips for Your New Braces Journey


Ready, Set, Smile!

Getting braces is a big step towards an amazing smile, but it can feel a bit overwhelming. Don’t stress! We’ve got you covered with three tips to make your first few weeks with braces a breeze. Whether you’re gearing up for braces yourself or for your child, these tips will help you prep like a pro!

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1. Ease the New-Braces Ache

Braces today are way more comfortable than they used to be, but you might still feel some soreness after getting them put on or after adjustments. To keep discomfort at bay, pop some Tylenol or another pain reliever right before your appointment. This way, you’ll stay ahead of any aches. Just make sure to check with your doc to confirm what’s safe for you or your kiddo.

2. Stock Up on Dental Wax

Dental wax is your new BFF! This magical stuff helps cushion the metal brackets and wires, preventing them from irritating your gums and cheeks. While you might not need it forever, having some on hand for those first few weeks is a game-changer. You can snag dental wax at any pharmacy, so grab a bunch before your braces appointment.

3. Soft Foods Are the Way to Go

Crunchy and chewy snacks are a no-go with braces, so it’s time to fill your pantry with soft foods. Think mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, yogurt, oatmeal, and cottage cheese. These will be your go-tos while you’re getting used to your new hardware. Bonus tip: ice cream and cold drinks can help soothe any soreness from new braces!

Let’s Get Started!

At Pachter Orthodontics, we aim to make your braces journey smooth and comfy. Follow these three tips to kickstart your new smile journey on the right foot. Ready to get started? Give us a call today to set up your consultation – we offer ceramic braces, metal braces, and clear aligners for everyone in Paramus, NJ. Your dream smile is just an appointment away!