Congratulations on your decision to proceed with orthodontics and taking the first step towards a healthy smile! There will be challenges along the way, however we hope the benefits of a healthy smile and a balanced bite will make it all worthwhile. To ensure your treatment proceeds as smoothly as possible, we have prepared the following to help you. The first week or so will be the toughest part of treatment as there are a number of things you will be dealing with and getting used to.
The teeth will become tender as they begin to move. Many people find this initial movement the most uncomfortable part of the entire treatment; it will get easier as treatment progresses. Normally, the tenderness lasts only a few days, however it may persist a little longer after the initial bracket placement. A soft diet and the use of over- the-counter pain medication will assist you through this time.
Your lips are adapting to the feel of the brackets. They may become sore. They will toughen up in time, much like your feet do after running around barefoot. If sores develop, use the wax to help with this transition.
Some people find their speech is affected. This lasts briefly and can be quickly overcome by reading out loud to your self.
You may also find that there is more saliva in your mouth than normal. Again, as your body adapts to the braces, this will return to normal. There are a number of things you can do to ensure your experience with braces is as pleasant as possible and completed in a timely manner.
- Avoid hard and sticky foods, which may damage or knock off the braces.
- Avoid carbonated drinks.
- Avoid cold food as they weaken the bond strength of the brackets to the teeth. Especially for the first 48 hours.
- Brush and floss regularly. Use of a water-pick is highly recommended.
- Use a fluoride mouth rinse.
- Have your teeth cleaned and examined regularly during treatment.
Contact us if anything comes off or becomes loose so we can schedule more time at your next orthodontic visit. Save any pieces and bring them to the appointment.
*Use the wax as necessary if there are sore spots.
*Pre book your following appointment(s) when you leave the office to ensure you are seen as close to the recommended time as possible.
*Wear your elastics when directed.