Kissing With Braces

When you start orthodontic treatment with fixed braces, a lot of your regular habits need to change to accommodate the new apparatus adhered to your teeth. You will get a list of foods that you will have to avoid, your oral hygiene routine will change, and you should give up smoking. But your love life may also see a drastic change, as your teeth are now bigger, and you have some extra surface on your tooth, a surface that can be treacherous. Here is what you need to know about making out in braces.

Kissing couple at the Thames


Unexpected difficulty

Soft tissues can get caught in your braces. The end or the sides of the tongue, a bit of a the inside of a cheek, or the lips themselves can get caught or stuck in the nooks and crannies created by braces, and usually get caught between the wire and the tooth surface or the bracket. This is extremely uncomfortable and can result in minor damages to the soft tissues mentioned above. Really it is more inconvenient than dangerous, but a particularly vehement push or pull can dislodge the bracket from the teeth.


A different feel

If you take the time to think about it, kissing will be really straightforward, but it will feel different, a first. You may need a little time to get used to the way it feels, and some practice may be warranted, too. But everything that you have done with your partner previously is still possible, it just may be a tad bit more difficult, or may just need different positioning.


Locked

Theoretically, if two people with braces kiss, it is possible that the braces will become locked into each other, but this is highly unlikely to happen. In order for this to happen, the brackets need to touch at just an angle where one can slip into the other, or else the wire has to be pushed into the other bracket and then the can become entangled. If this happens, you are in serious trouble, as disentangling yourself will almost always cause the braces to be damaged.


Advice

Our advice is to go  slow at first, and feel around to get a hang of the new topography of your mouth. Once you have this figured out, it will be just as easy as before, but you may need some extra time to get used to the new circumstances at first.

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