Adjusting to having braces will take time, but we are here to help make the transition smooth! Initially, the braces will feel like they stick out, this is normal. As you become accustomed to your braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will diminish. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, you may find it helpful to use a small piece of orthodontic wax around any brackets causing irritation (this wax will be provided, and we will show you how to use it).
You may notice some soreness beginning a few hours after your braces are first placed. Some teeth, usually the front teeth, may be more tender and sensitive to pressure. Over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen are great for managing any minor soreness and can even be taken prior to your appointment to diminish any post-appointment discomfort.
The adhesive used to attach the braces to your teeth sets rapidly but will take several hours to set completely. You can eat any time after leaving our office, however, we ask that you remember the list of foods that may be harmful to your braces (especially if the braces were just placed on your teeth). Until you become accustomed to eating with your new braces, you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of soft foods.