Well, for now I only have the upper braces still. The first day it felt weird. The 2-5th day it was hurting quite some and I could hardly eat/chew. I applied chewing gum on the parts of the braces that were hurting/damaging the inside of my lips, and that was a bit weird but very soothing/helpful. And then, suddenly it felt all ok, like it'd always been there, so no applying gum protection anymore :-). Also, laughing made my lips hurt for the first week or two but that's over now, too. And I heard that it's always a bit like this after every new appointment where they adjust the braces.
To clean after (outdoor) meals, I always carry a little lipstick box with mirror and toothpicks, a small toothbrush and toothpaste, and chew a lot of sugarless gum with xylitol after meals, too. I find it pretty easy now and do not find 18-24 months seem that horribly long anymore :-). I even think to see some minor result now after wearing braces for almost 1 month.
Me:,loving HB,two active sons of 3 & 5,1 cat, nature lover,,extbf,occ,SAHM, multicultural/lingual family,+/-cl, :become a better parent/person by not expecting to be the perfect parent/person