Brand New to Braces? Here’s What you Need to Know

February 7, 2017

Getting braces is exciting and scary at the same time. You’re ready to make your beautiful smile straight, but also know that 1-2 years of braces will bring a variety of concerns that didn’t exist before. Knowing what to do right after getting traditional, ceramic, or Invisalign treatment will help ease the transition.

A Week of Soreness

Within the first few days of having braces, you will experience a good amount of soreness. Your teeth begin to shift and align immediately, and your teeth and gums need time to adjust. This shouldn’t worry you unless the soreness leads to real pain. We suggest using mild over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil or Motrin for better comfort. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you feel the soreness is too much. If your sore for more than a week, please give us a call.

Sore spots caused by brackets or pressure on the cheek and gums can be relieved with the soft wax you’ll receive from Smile Ranch.

What Foods Can I Eat?

For metal or clear braces, be sure to avoid solid, sticky, chewy, and gooey foods. Invisalign teen treatments require you to remove your aligners in order to eat, so the same “food rules” don’t apply. For Invisalign, make sure to thoroughly clean/brush your teeth after eating and before re-inserting your aligners. In the first few days, we suggest you stock up on soft foods:

  • soft cheeses
  • yogurt
  • apple sauce
  • pasta/noodles
  • soup
  • soft, cooked rice
  • soft cooked meats w/out bones

What About Oral Care?

Get ready, because you’re going to have to learn to brush thoroughly and frequently. Oral health with braces is essential to a successful treatment. Before you leave for home after getting braces, we’ll go over proper brushing equipment and technique. Follow our instructions and you’ll be fine. In addition, avoid eating lots of sugary drinks and sodas. The most important time to brush is right before bed. Make sure your teeth and gums are spotless.

What if Some Brackets Come Loose?

It’s not uncommon for brackets and wires to come loose during your treatment, especially in the first few weeks. Don’t be worried. The adhesive used to place the brackets isn’t meant to be permanent. If a bracket comes loose, give us a call to set up an appointment to reattach it.

Give us a Call

You’ll be meeting with Dr. Jensen regularly for the duration of your orthodontic treatment. Feel free to bring up any concerns in those meetings to ensure your comfort and continued success. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call with concerns and questions- that’s why we’re here.

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