Braces create small ledges, nooks and crannies for food deposits, which can lead to cavities and gum problems. This makes brushing and flossing even more important while you are wearing braces. When you brush and floss, handle your appliances carefully so you won't break or lose them.
The adhesive that attaches the braces to your teeth dries rapidly but takes 24 hours to dry completely. You can eat anytime after leaving our office. However, we would ask that you be mindful of the suggested eating list for food that will be discussed with you. Until you become accustomed to eating with your new braces, you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of soft foods.
Initially, the braces feel like they "stick out". This is normal. As you become accustomed to your braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will cease. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, until the cheek tissues have "toughened" you may find it helpful to use a salt water rinse (dissolve one teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously 2 to 3 times daily). If you find it necessary, you may also use the wax that we give you.
You may notice some discomfort beginning a few hours after your braces are placed. Some teeth, usually the front teeth, may be "tender" or sensitive to pressure. You may wish to take non-prescription pain remedies commonly taken for other discomforts, such as headaches.
There are 5 routine steps that we ask you to take prior to leaving our 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: