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Who wouldn’t want a great smile complete with sparkling white teeth all perfectly aligned in a row? Braces can help achieve this image but ask anyone who wore dental braces as a teenager about the experience and many will shudder from the memory. Emblazoned in their memories are the endless taunts about their mouth full of metal brackets, bulky headgear and unforgettable terms like “brace face.”

If you’re on the starting block of the brace race, there are things you need to know that will make the process easier and help you understand what to expect.

For people who have crooked teeth or spaces in between their teeth, a trusted Denver orthodontist such as Dr. Charles Reed of Cody Dental Group will likely recommend braces. Horror stories regarding braces abound, though, such as lip cuts, intolerable pain, endless readjustment, and even monstrous headgear types—enough to scare off potential wearers. In reality, the severity of brace problems can be reduced as long as the patients prepare properly, making it faster for them to achieve beautiful and properly aligned teeth.

The most troublesome stage of braces is right after they are installed, and this stage lasts for a week or so. The presence of braces in your mouth leaves an uncomfortable, weird feeling, and eating becomes quite a chore. You can address this discomfort by preparing soft foods that require minimal or no chewing at all, lessening the pain when eating.

You can also take pain relievers prescribed by your orthodontist if the pain becomes unbearable. You may request a simple cleaning tool from your orthodontist, or ask him where you can buy one, to pick out food scraps that get caught in between the brackets.

Athletes encounter an additional problem with braces that may lower their performance during a game. With braces, they hesitate during crucial moments for fear of being hit in the mouth. If you engage in sports, you can request for wax and plastic strip shells from your orthodontist in Denver, CO, which will cover the sharp portions of your braces. Although getting hit in the mouth will still hurt, the shells can prevent your inner lips from getting lacerated.

(From What you need to know before getting braces,