Getting braces is an exciting time! You have probably been anticipating this moment for a while, dreaming about the day you will get them off and have a perfect, straight smile. However, it is normal to feel a bit nervous, as well. While feeling some anxiety is perfectly normal, you can free yourself of those worries. Here’s why!
You Get Used to Them
Of course, the first couple of days in braces can feel a little strange. Your speech might be a bit garbled, and you will probably experience some pain. The good news is that within a week, you should feel completely better. You will be amazed at how you will forget that you even have them on! For the first few days that you experience some tenderness, you can use hot or warm packs (whichever makes you feel better) and take an over-the-counter pain med. And as quickly as you get used to your braces, so will everyone else. Before long, people won’t even notice them.
You Have Options
If the thought of wire braces is keeping you up at night, remember that you do have options! Another popular orthodontic treatment is Invisalign. Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces because there’s no metal. Instead, you wear a series of plastic trays that gradually move your teeth into the proper position. Another benefit is that, because the trays are removable, you can take them off to eat and brush your teeth. What does that mean for you? No rules about what you can’t eat, and easier access for a more thorough cleaning!
They are Life-Changing
Instead of worrying about your braces, focus on the end goal. Your braces will give you a straight, beautiful smile that you can feel confident showing off to all the world! Additionally, caring for your teeth will be easier, and any speech problems or jaw pain your misaligned teeth have caused you will be a thing of the past. Don’t be nervous; instead, think about the confident new you that your braces will create!
While it is totally normal to feel nervous about getting braces, try to let go of those worries. The pain and discomfort will be gone in a matter of days, and they will feel normal before you know it. These days, just about everyone gets braces, so you will be in excellent company. Most of all, remember what your braces are for: a beautiful, straight, aligned smile and a healthy mouth!
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