Your smile is one of the first things that a person will notice about you. A first impression can be really good, or a first impression can be really bad. If you have really nice white teeth, then the first impression that you give off is probably a great one. However, if you have crooked and yellow teeth you may be giving off a bad first impression. Crooked teeth can really dampen self esteem and become a major stumbling block to self progression. The good news is that a dentist will be able to help you straighten those teeth with braces. Here are a few things that you should know before you get braces.

Wax Or Plastic

Do not be afraid to tell the dentist that you would like some wax or some plastic strips. The wax or the plastic strips can protect the inside of your mouth from becoming sore. This is especially important if you are going to be playing a sport. Even if you find yourself with canker sores without braces, you may want to ask your dentist for wax or plastic strips. Your mouth will adjust to having braces, but the plastic strips or the wax can help ease the transition from no braces to having braces all of the time. 


Each orthodontist is a little bit different, but you will have your braces tightened on a regular basis. The orthodontist will look at the progress that your teeth have made, and then adjust your braces once more. The human body is amazing, and your body will become used to having your braces adjusted. You can expect a little bit of discomfort for a few days, but will soon be back to normal. One really fun aspect about getting your braces tightened is that you will be able to choose the colors that you put on the braces. 

Bring A Toothbrush Everywhere 

It is very hard to eat anything and not have it get caught in your braces. If you are not prepared you may be walking around for the rest of the day with food in your braces. It is a very good idea to bring a toothbrush and floss with you everywhere that you go. This way you can brush your teeth every single time that you eat, and get all of the food out of your braces. This is going to help you keep up on your dental hygiene, and maintain white teeth.

Talk to your dentist, someone from a place like Reed & Sahlaney Orthodontics, LLP, for more information.