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Orthodontics for Children & Adults

First Day In Braces

Will the braces cause discomfort?

Initially, it is normal to feel like your braces are “sticking out.” As you become accustomed to your braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will disappear and will cease to be a concern. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, until the cheek tissues have “toughened”, you may find it helpful to use a small piece of bees wax around the bracket that is creating the irritation. You will probably notice some discomfort beginning a few hours after your braces are placed. Some teeth, usually the front teeth, may be “tender” and sensitive to pressure. Occasionally, patients report they experience no discomfort; most have some soreness during the first eight hours, but this generally dissipates within the week. Exactly when the discomfort disappears is impossible to predict, as it differs for each patient. You may wish to take non-prescription pain remedies commonly used for other discomforts such as headaches. For maximum effectiveness, it may be best to take such medications before the discomfort begins.

Before leaving the office

There are routine steps which we ask you complete prior to leaving the office. These steps will minimize discomfort related to irritation from the braces and ensure an optimal response to treatment.

Please make these steps a part of each office visit

We will ask you to do the following before you leave your office visits to optimize your braces experience. Using your finger and tongue, check to see that the wire ends do not extend into areas that might poke or scratch the cheek or tongue. Make sure you understand what you are to do until your next appointment. This could include wearing headgear or elastics as instructed, adjusting the expander or following specific hygiene or diet instructions. Make sure you have an adequate supply of dental wax, special cleaning aids, elastic bands, or other related materials you may need between appointments. Always schedule your next appointment before leaving the office. Postponing appointments is a common contributor to overtime treatment.

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