Hey, I wouldn't know anywhere else to ask such questions and I don't have friends with braces. And other people with them on, the topic is never discussed.
So I just got them a day and a half ago and have not tried to put anything but pure liquid into my mouth. I havn't put anything in between my teeth for 2+ weeks now due to spacers + teeth pulled, and now another week due to wanting to get used to braces.
What would it be like if I were to bite into something? like some peanut butter and jelly or a hamburger? I don't see how it's possible to not have trouble with biting into anything and not have more food get stuck on your teeth than down your throat.
I also expect to be cleaning my teeth for 10+ minutes every single day, everyone goes through it right? I just never hear complaints about it.
Braces, unfortunately, are pretty darn high maintenance. Thus far I've had braces for almost 3 years- and while it does hurt when you first get them, and when they get tightened, it definately can hurt to bite into things. With regards to brushing, it's very important to take that time to clean them- did your orthodontist show you any bad-hygiene horror pics?? But it becomes routine, and you get used to it.
(And yes, stuff with buns and sandwiches will get horribly stuck in your braces- you learn to either suck out all the food or carry a little toothbrush with you )
One thing that I find really helps with getting used to braces is to force yourself to chew soft things (like pasta, for example). Eventually, your teeth will adjust to the pressure, and it'll start to hurt less. And of course, you can always take a Tylenol or Advil if the pain's pretty bad.
(And if you want more info? Do a search of the boards- there have been a few threads on braces here and there. )
I had braces for almost four years, and Leabug's right - you do get used to it eventually. It sucks, and I'm still in the habit of checking my teeth compulsively to see if there's food stuck in them! But also, did your orthodontist tell you about floss threaders? Definitely invest in those if you haven't already. They make flossing SO much easier.
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Gummy, did you find that eating things when it's still painful contributed to the delay?? Cuz I've always found that pushing myself made the pain get tolerable faster, but I've had braces forever too and my ortho said my progress had slowed... now I'm afraid I'm messing it up!
No. I'm just a compulsive eater and I like eating things like apples, pizza, popcorn and candy. I kept breaking my dang brackets. By the time they were removed, each bracket had been replaced at least twice.
I still eat pizza and candy- it's all in learning how to chew without getting your brackets too involved Just kidding, just kidding- I've broken my share of brackets too, with carrots and other things of that nature. The worst thing? I once bit funny on a fork eating in a moving car, and it got stuck under my archwire and pulled it out halfway, bent and sticking straight out my mouth. Yay. Made me wish we'd gotten more basic brackets, with all the bands- mine just have the wire snap in without any elastics to hold it there.
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