Congratulations! You have taken the first step to having your healthiest most beautiful smile. Life with braces means you need to pay a little extra attention to your teeth during the treatment, especially when cleaning and eating.
It is extremely important to be brushing your teeth morning and night (and after meals if possible) to remove any plaque and food from your teeth and braces. Brush your braces softly so that any food caught behind your wire will be removed. You need to keep in mind that cleaning with braces might take you longer than usual as there are more areas to clean. Food and plaque can accumulate in the tiniest of spaces, so be sure you are being thorough to prevent decay starting around the brackets! If you are having troubles cleaning feel free to request an earlier appointment with your hygienist and they can give you some tips and tricks.
You may find that initially your teeth and mouth are tender and sore, this is completely normal and gets better. Usually within 2 to 3 days this feeling will subside. You can try panadol or nurofen to ease the discomfort, we also recommend using dental wax on your braces when they are irritating your gums. Hang in there, and know that it will all be worth it in the end!
Having braces means that you also need to be careful of what kind of food you are eating as foods that are too hard or sticky can damage your wires, bands and brackets. We would recommend that you drink plenty of water and chop any hard foods into smaller pieces before eating. Also, avoid any chewy or sticky foods as they can unfortunately pull brackets off teeth or get stuck.