How to prepare for getting braces

15 January, 2017

Have you or your child been told you need braces?

It can be a pretty daunting moment when your orthodontist drops the B-word. You may feel upset or anxious about the upcoming adjustment. After all, getting braces is a life changing decision. However, it’s also important to remember any inconveniences of braces are only temporary.

So what are some steps you can take to help you face the physical and emotional aspects of getting braces? Here are some of our tips to best prepare for the big day.

Focus on the Bright Side

When your orthodontist tells you that you need braces, you may initially feel reluctant or nervous.

You can counter those negative emotions by reminding yourself of the benefits of braces. If you start to feel scared or down before your appointment, just remember that braces are going to give you a straighter, more attractive smile. Keep in mind that there have been thousands of people before you who’ve worn braces and the technology is better and more discreet now than it’s ever been.

Consider your Options

One of the best things about modern dentistry is the amount of choice available now. There are several options available for patients needing braces. Otherwise you can opt for a more discreet solution like Invisalign or Incognito braces. Discuss available options with your orthodontist before deciding.

Stock up

For a few days after getting braces, there will be some pain and discomfort and you probably won’t feel like chewy foods. So make sure to stock up on soft foods like yoghurt and ingredients for smoothies so you can reduce the pressure on your teeth during this adjustment period.

Talk to Someone

If you’re still having concerns about getting braces, talk to your orthodontist or just someone else who has had braces. Talking to people who’ve gone through or seen people through what you’re about to go through will help put your mind at ease.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the journey (and your brand new smile).