Now that you have started your orthodontic treatment, here are some hints that will help you get used to your braces.
Some discomfort should be expected after having braces placed. Your teeth will be sore when they touch together and this is why a soft diet of foods easy to chew is indicated. To alleviate the soreness, you may take Advil or Tylenol as needed for pain relief. Take the meds as prescribed to relieve the discomfort – prescription pain meds are not indicated.
Typically the first day after you get your braces you will be the most sore, but soreness should subside each following day. It is very unusual to still have discomfort after 3-5 days. If your teeth continue to be sore or if you feel it is not improving over time, please don't hesitate to call us or come in so Dr. DiGiovanni can evaluate your problem.
Loosening of Teeth
Do not be alarmed if your teeth feel loose. Teeth must loosen in order to be moved. Your teeth will become fixed in their new and improved position over time and as treatment is completed.
Loose or Broken Appliances
If a wire, brace or any appliance becomes loose, don't become alarmed. If a wire is poking, you may use a pencil eraser and carefully push the wire under the braces to get it out of the way. If your lips or cheeks are irritated, place wax on the area to reduce the annoyance. If a wire comes out of a band, replace the wire by putting it through the hole in the back band. Wires can also be cut with wire or nail clippers. If a brace becomes loose, you may remove it by taking off the o-ring around the braces with something like a toothpick.
IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, CALL OUR OFFICE. We may need you to come in right away or we may need to lengthen your next scheduled appointment to make the repair.
As a general rule, an emergency appointment is made when there is a loose band, brace or appliance, severe pain, a broken wire or something sticking out that you can't take care of yourself. If something doesn't seem right and you have a question, you should not hesitate to call. Many situations can be handled over the phone. You should become familiar with the "orthodontic appliance diagram" in the handout we provided you the day the braces were placed so that you can describe more accurately to us what is occurring.
If you have an emergency when the office is closed, call the office and Dr. DiGiovanni's contact information will be provided on the answering machine. Don't hesitate to call the doctor directly – it is part of our job and not a bother at all.
If you call and there is no answer, leave a message on the voicemail. If you do not hear back from the doctor within 15 minutes, please call back again.
Foods to Avoid:
- Gum (sugar-free or regular)
- Sugar Daddies
- Tootsie Rolls
- Hard taco shells
- French bread crust/rolls
- Corn on the cob
- Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
- Jolly Ranchers
- Pizza crust
- Uncooked carrots (unless cut)
- Ice Cream
Patient cooperation is the most single most important factor in achieving a proper result and completing treatment on time. Insufficient wearing of elastics, removable appliance, Invisalign aligners, etc. or missing scheduled appointments will lengthen treatment time, adversely affect treatment quality and potentially result in additional costs. If you have any question to how your treatment is progressing, please call or email to discuss with Dr. DiGiovanni personally any concerns that you may have. We are here to help.