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Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:13 am
tomorrow i'll have my braces put on. I'm so scared,
Could someone tell me what should i do once i got them on
Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:21 am
wait two years.
Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:13 am
Meryaten wrote:Go about your normal life.
You should also have wax to hand, and make sure you stay hydrated.
Thanks for the advise
Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:45 am
Hi Sunny â€“
Please donâ€™t be afraid â€“ honestly, thereâ€™s nothing to worry about. Thereâ€™s nothing painful about having the braces put on. They do prep your teeth with some stuff that tastes kind of bitter, but even that doesnâ€™t last very long. The whole process takes about an hour, and pretty much all you have to do is keep your mouth open (really, I could have gotten a manicure at the same time!).
I do recommend picking up some Arnica today (Boiron makes little Arnica pellets â€“ you can get it at Whole Foods or your local health food store). Arnica is a natural remedy thatâ€™s very effective in reducing swellingâ€¦I experienced a fair amount of swelling in the first few weeks â€“ Iâ€™m guessing that was my bodyâ€™s reaction to having all those little foreign bodies, a.k.a., brackets, in my mouth. The swelling also caused a lisp, but that went away within a few weeks.
I also had a hard time chewing for a few weeksâ€¦at the time, it felt like my mouth just didnâ€™t fit together properly (that started within a few hours of being braced). In addition to Meryatenâ€™s suggestion to use wax, I also suggest having the painkiller of your choice on hand to alleviate any discomfort.
My orthodontistâ€™s office sent me a note a few days after my braces were put on to congratulate me on how well Iâ€™d done (as I said, all I did was keep my mouth open for an hour â€“ they did all the work), but it was a really sweet gesture. If your orthodontistâ€™s office doesnâ€™t send you a note, let me tell you in advance â€“ you got through it, and did a great job!
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:56 am
You'll be fine. Like Meryaten said, have wax to hand in case any brackets or wires are rubbing your cheeks. Drink plenty of water to keep the inside of your mouth moist. Lay in a supply of soft food like pasta, and also some mild pain killers in case your teeth are sore for a few days. Also get into the habit of thorough brushing twice a day and maybe a fluoride mouthwash before bed.
Apart from that, just do what you were doing before. Life with braces is no different to life without
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:29 am
thank you very very much for the advices. Anyhow, I'm so nervous today, my appointament is arranged at 7.30 pm so the time is killing me.
Once more thank you both, and i let you know tomorrow If I'll pass the exam