Did you just have your braces put on, or are planning to soon and are looking for some more information about what to expect? Check out some helpful tips and our office video for everything you need to know.
Your First Few Days in Braces
It will take a few days for you to adjust to wearing braces or an appliance. After a short period of time, your cheeks and lips will adapt and the soreness will subside. Don’t get discouraged!
Discomfort is normal during the first several days. We recommend using wax for any sore areas and taking over the counter pain medication for discomfort when needed.
The cement used to place brackets and appliances becomes solidified at your bonding appointment. However, it doesn’t become completely hardened for about 24 hours. Please use extra caution anytime something new is bonded for 24 hours afterward.
Brushing and Flossing
It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy during orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment. Watch the two videos below on the proper care of braces during orthodontic treatment.
Certain types of foods are capable of loosening brackets and bands, bending wires, and breaking appliances. This will typically prolong treatment time and can harm your teeth.
We understand that accidents do happen! However, we ask that you make your best attempt at avoiding one from happening by avoiding these types of food:
Foods to Avoid
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum
- Hard foods: nuts, candy
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.