If you’re new to wearing braces, you’ll have to make a lot of little adjustments to your lifestyle. But one thing you won’t have to give up is romance. Many people with braces worry that they won’t be able to kiss someone else while until the braces are removed. Others worry that it will be an unpleasant experience, either for them or their partner.
Never fear. Kissing with braces is not only possible, it can be just as enjoyable for both of you as it is without them.
First, take it slow. It takes time to get used to new braces. You’ll have to learn how to eat, brush your teeth. You may even need time to adjust to talking with your braces. Wait until you feel comfortable with your braces before trying for anything adventurous, like a kiss. We recommend waiting at least two weeks before attempting any kissing.
When you do kiss, take it slow. Being gentle is important, both for the safety of your braces and your partner. You may want to start with closed-lipped kisses. Be careful. You don’t want to cut or catch your partner, and you don’t want to bump your teeth. Make sure that you and your partner keep your tongues away from your braces. Like lips, the tongue can be cut or caught by your dental appliance, and that will definitely ruin the moment.
Dental wax can make your braces more comfortable, and can make kissing more enjoyable. In fact, your partner may not even notice your braces if you use dental wax properly. The rough spots that might snag or cut your partner can be covered, protecting them and making the kiss more enjoyable.
Last, we recommend you keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh. This doesn’t just apply to people wearing braces, and it certainly doesn’t apply only to people who are kissing others. Wearing braces can make it more difficult to maintain good oral health, so make sure you put in the time and effort to stay healthy and make your mouth inviting to others.
Wearing braces does not make you unattractive, and certainly does not restrict you from showing affection with a classic romantic kiss. Remember to relax. Your partner loves you, and your braces don’t change that. It just takes a bit of time and practice to become as good at kissing with braces as you would be without them.