1st Days in Braces

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Now that you have started your orthodontic treatment, here is some information on what you can expect as you embark on your orthodontic journey to the perfect smile:

what to expect WHEN YOU FIRST GET YOUR BRACES

CheckboxDay 1:  Having the braces placed on your teeth is not a painful process. But as your teeth begin to move, they typically will become sore.  The soreness you experience is not a sharp pain, but rather a dull ache that typically lasts not more than 2 or 3 days.  Dr. DiGiovanni recommends over-the-counter pain meds (like Advil or Tylenol or Motrin) to be taken just before your visit and every 4-6 hours for the first 2-3 days. Be sure to follow the dosage instructions on the bottle.  After your appointment we suggest you eat something right away because your teeth won’t be sore until later that night.  We also recommend our patients return to work or school and participate in after-school activities the same day the braces are placed.  SORRY KIDS!

CheckboxDay 2 and 3: The first morning your teeth will typically feel the most discomfort.  What you’re feeling is your teeth starting to move and they may even feel “loose’.  IMPORTANT:  Even if your teeth are sore be sure to eat something soft like oatmeal, scrambled eggs, smoothies, etc.  For lunch at work or school plan on eating soft, easy to eat foods.  But now any discomfort should be improving throughout the day.  Continue to take medicine every 4-6 hours as needed for pain.

CheckboxDay 5:  By day 5 you should be acclimated to speaking and eating with braces. While avoiding hard and/or sticky foods, you should be able to resume your normal diet and should not need to be taking any pain meds.

In-between Office Visits:  After the first week tooth pain should be gone but at times your braces may irritate your lips, cheeks or gums. We will instruct you on how to place wax or other comfort products to cushion the rubbing so that it will heal quicklyl  It is very important if you have a sore area to place a large piece of wax in that area before you go to bed to ensure it doesn’t get more irritated. After 2-3 weeks wax should not be needed.

**Very Important** If there is a certain area that constantly pokes or rubs you after the first few weeks, this should not occur.  Please make an appointment for us to check to see if we need to adjust something.

Your Next Office Visit:  Office visits will be scheduled in accordance with what is needed to efficiently complete your treatment. Visits are scheduled anywhere from 1 week to 10 weeks apart but typically expect to be seen every 4-8 weeks.

CheckboxWAX AND COMFORT CARE                A checkbox with a blue check in it. OVER-THE-COUNTER PAIN MEDS

 

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IT’S NOT EVERYDAY SISTERS GET THEIR BRACES ON THE SAME DAY