You’ve just had your braces placed. Now you’re wondering..what’s next? Below are a few tips to guide you through the next couple of days as you adjust to your braces.
How long will I experience soreness?
Typically you can expect to experience the most soreness in the first three to five days. Thereafter, soreness should decrease.
What medication should I take to alleviate the soreness?
We recommend Advil (ibuprofen) and Tylenol. Parents: Please pay close attention to the maximum dosage requirements for your child’s age and weight. Also note the excessive use of Advil (ibuprofen) can actually slow the movement of teeth.
What should I do if some of my braces come loose?
Since braces are not meant to be permanently attached, please remember that the adhesive we use to place the braces on your teeth is temporary. If one of your braces comes loose, do not panic! Call our office. We will be glad to schedule an appointment to re-attach the loose brace(s).
My braces are causing sore spots. What should I do?
Some sore spots are a normal part of the treatment process. You should place wax on the brace or wire that is causing the soreness. If the soreness persists or worsens, please contact us.
Proper brushing is essential to ensure the success of your treatment.
Please use the brushing supplies we have provided to properly clean your teeth several times each day. Brushing right before bed is important.
Lastly, please avoid eating hard or sticky foods, which can damage your braces.
Refer to the “Problem Foods and Helpful Tips” instruction booklet as a guide.