Hey all, it's Kelly! It's now a couple weeks later, but this recap is after my first week of having Six Month Smiles® Clear Braces and I’m here to tell you how things are going.
The morning after I had my braces put on, everything was fine. I was actually quite surprised that I wasn’t really experiencing much discomfort. As that day went on, however, it started to get a little tougher – what everyone told me would happen did: my mouth became a little sore.
It didn't last forever! By the end of week one, I was out having fun with some friends and and co-workers. They told me they don’t even notice the clear braces in my mouth, or hear any change in the way I speak –that made me really happy. I’m actually getting quite used to it and can’t wait to see how things progress!
Video #4: My Six Month Smiles® Experience
Day 2, Day 4 and One Week after "Braces-On"
Wax and Orajel help with cheek/lip discomfort during the first few days
Have not experienced any teeth discomfort!
Tips on after-eating care and integrating 'normal food'
I’m getting used to keeping my teeth clean and my braces free of food – it is very important. I brush after eating anything, and use the Waterpik if I am home. (I have a list of helpful products on my last post.) I will be carrying a toothbrush and toothpaste with me wherever I go, so that after eating I can clean everything away and keep things healthy.
Overall, the key is making it through the first couple of days. By day four of having the braces on, the irritation I was feeling in my cheeks was quite a bit better, thankfully. My mouth had to get used to all of this new “equipment” in there, and I was really happy as the time went on that the discomfort was decreasing.
Today’s goal: figure out how to floss with the braces on! Now that I’m in a good place and comfortable with the braces, this is going to have to become part of my routine.