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, after each appointment or with each new set of Invisalign trays. 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-operative discomfort.
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.
There are routine steps that we ask you to take prior to leaving the office. These steps will minimize discomfort related to irritation from the braces and ensure an optimal response to treatment. We will be there to remind you to take these steps as 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 know how to care for your braces between visits - this may include wearing elastics as instructed, adjusting an expander, or following specific diet and hygiene instructions
- Make sure you have an adequate supply of dental wax, special cleaning aids, and any other related materials you may need between appointments
- Always schedule your next appointment before leaving the office; postponing appointments is a common contributor to extended treatment time