What to expect during your first days in braces

First Days in Braces

Will my braces cause discomfort?

Initially the braces may feel a little bulkier than your natural teeth. This is normal. As you become accustomed to your braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will soon disappear and cease to be a concern. Although the braces are manufactured to be smooth it can take a day or two to become accustomed to them. You may find it helpful to use a small piece of wax around the bracket that is causing any irritation. You may notice slight discomfort beginning a few hours after your braces are placed. Some teeth, usually the front teeth, may be tender and sensitive to pressure. Exactly when this sensation ceases is different for each patient. You may wish to take non-prescription pain medication such as Ibuprofin (Advil or Motrin). Before leaving the office follow these simple steps listed below. This routine will help to minimize discomfort related to irritation from the braces and ensure an optimal response to treatment.

Please make these steps part of each office visit:

Using your finger and tongue, check to see that the wire ends do not extend into areas which might poke or abrade the cheek or tongue.

Make sure you understand what you are to do until your next appointment. This could include wearing headgear or elastics as instructed, adjusting the expander or following specific hygiene or diet instructions.

Make sure you have an adequate supply of wax, special cleaning aids, elastic bands, or other related materials you may need between appointments.

Always schedule your next appointment before leaving the office. Postponing or skipping appointments can be a common contributor to extended treatment time.

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