The day you get your braces will mark an important time in your life. You will experience many changes in the short term as you go through the process of straightening your teeth. You will also undergo permanent changes that will stay with you through a lifetime.
Improve Your Confidence Over Time
When the braces first go on your teeth, you’ll probably feel a little self-conscious, but as time goes on you will get used to your temporarily changed appearance. Better yet, you will find yourself gaining confidence as the procedures continue because you will be able to envision the end result of a beautiful and healthy smile.
For children, straightened teeth can give them a lift in self-esteem and help them feel less shy. Adults who get braces look forward to being able to smile with ease when being introduced to a new business associate.
Change What You Eat
Braces will cause you to change your diet, at least for the short term. You won’t be able to eat foods that are chewy, sticky, or hard because they can break your appliances. Nuts and seeds can also be a problem. You won’t be able to freely munch on raw carrots, but you can still get your nutrition. Cooking vegetables will soften them so you can enjoy them when you have braces.
On the other hand, you may find yourself gaining good dietary habits by avoiding junk food like hard candy, caramels, and chewing gum. These foods are unhealthy whether you have braces or not.
Develop Better Dental Habits
Having braces will cause you to change the way you clean your teeth. Food will stick in the tiny spaces around the braces, and you will want to brush more often. Moreover, you’ll need to floss, and you’ll have to use threader floss to fit between your braces. A water flosser is also effective.
These habits should stay with you, even after the braces are removed. You are making a long-term investment in your teeth, and you will want to keep them healthy and sound.
Getting braces will change your life in many positive ways. As you adapt to the differences, just keep your eyes on the day the orthodontist will remove the last of your braces. On that day, you will look into the mirror and be greeted by a wonderful smile.
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