First Days in Braces
Dr. Sacks knows that getting braces can be a bit frightening for some patients since there are so many unknowns. That’s why we’ve put together this guide—a list of things to consider as you embark on an orthodontic journey to a straighter, happier smile.
What to Eat
The adhesive we use to attach your braces sets right away, so you can eat immediately upon leaving our office. But since it takes up to 24 hours to fully cure, we recommend you enjoy soft foods the first day. It won’t be long before you are used to your braces and returning to your normal diet, but it is imperative that you avoid our list of foods that can be harmful to braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.
What to Expect
At first, you may be uncomfortable because braces tend to feel like they are “sticking out.” You will get used to this! Your teeth will align, and the strange, protruding sensation will go away.
The brackets are rounded and smoothed, but they will rub the insides of your cheeks, so we recommend using our provided wax until your cheek tissues have toughened. This doesn’t take long.
Remember that your teeth are experiencing some pressure, so don’t be surprised if they are tender or sensitive during the first several days. Take over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, to manage any discomfort.
What to Do
A few simple steps can significantly reduce any irritation caused by your new braces. Each time you come into our office, incorporate the following into your visit:
- Check wire ends. It’s not uncommon for wire ends to protrude and poke your cheek or tongue, and you can feel them better than anyone. Use your finger and tongue to check their status. We can fix them if they are sticking out and causing discomfort.
- Know your homework. We will send you out the door with a list of things to do until we see you again. This may involve wearing elastics, adjusting the expander, or following specific hygiene or diet instructions. Do your part. This will lead to an all-around better experience for you.
- Take inventory. We are happy to provide extra wax, cleaning aids, elastic bands, and anything else you need to care for your braces. Please let us know what you need.
- Schedule your next appointment. Timely and regularly scheduled appointments are key to effective treatments. Postponing subsequent visits can lead to prolonged treatment.
If you have any other questions regarding the first days of your new adventure with braces, don’t hesitate to ask. We look forward to making your treatment as comfortable and positive as possible.
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