First of all, congratulations! You have officially begun the path towards your healthiest, most beautiful smile. The first few days after your braces are placed will be your biggest adjustment period, but don’t worry it doesn’t take long to adjust. Here there are some useful tips to help you during this period.
Eating with braces
It is very important, especially during the first weeks that you eat soft foods until you get adjusted to your braces. You should avoid hard foods like nuts, chips, pop corn, ice blocks and sticky lollies because they have the potential to damage or break your orthodontic appliances, if you are in doubt, it is best to ask us.
The day that you have your braces on, you will experience and odd feeling of having something taking up more room in your mouth, you may find difficult talking and even swallowing. After the third day braces should become part of your life. Everyone experience different degree of discomfort and it varies from having little effect to a more significant one.
After the second or third day you may experience some soreness, if you are to experience any at all. We recommend taking a pain reliever. Take the recommended amount for your age and size.
If your braces break or become loose
Your braces are applied to your teeth with special “tooth glue”, which means that in rare circumstances, if you have followed our instructions, brackets can dislodge themselves after your braces are applied. Just give us a call should this happen and we will arrange an appointment to re-bond your bracket. It should not be large matter of worry and seldom recurs.
When you have braces for the first time your teeth are not the only ones adjusting to your new appliances, your cheeks and tongue are too. You may develop some sore spots which can be quickly and easily relieved with orthodontic wax. You will get some on the day your braces are fitted. The best of using wax is to break off a small amount and roll it between your fingers, the friction will warm and soften it to a better shape around your bracket. Dry the area of your braces that you wish to apply the wax onto the metal. When the irritating part of your wire or bracket is covered with wax, your mouth should quickly heal itself. We also recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in a cup of lukewarm water and swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for a couple of minutes.
If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t worry, this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.