Patient Info Caring for your Braces.
Now that you’ve got your braces, there are few important things we need to discuss…
1) First, is that you’ll generally experience some discomfort for the first few days while your teeth are getting used to the pressure. This mild to moderate tenderness can be treated with over the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil if needed, with the expectation that it will improve as the days go on. Also, choosing soft foods and cutting up as much as possible will be very helpful.
You will also find that it takes some time for your cheeks and lips to get used to the braces. This irritation will be most noticeable for the first few weeks, and the wax supplied in your kit can be used to buffer any areas causing irritation. Rinsing with a mixture of warm salt water, or applying over the counter anesthetics such as Orabase or Oragel can also be helpful.
2) Next, let’s talk about changing the way you eat. First, changing what you eat is important. Since your braces gather and hold more food on your teeth, limiting your sugar intake and acidic beverages is always recommended to reduce your risk for cavities. Second, changing how you eat is important. Consistently cutting up your food, especially hard, crunchy things will help to avoid breaking braces off.
3) Finally, as Dr. Marcy has told you, keeping your teeth clean is the most important job you have during your time in braces – and it takes a lot of hard work. Your home care kit includes all the tools you’ll need to keep your teeth and gums clean, now we just need you to learn and practice the proper techniques to use them.
Remember is still very important to have regular check-ups at your dentist during orthodontic treatment. We are happy to review any of this information with you in person, just ask.