What to Expect with Braces

Getting orthodontic treatment can be intimidating. You might not know what to expect with braces. There are a few things you should know to help you adjust.

Reducing Discomfort

Many patients experience soreness when they first get braces. Advil (Ibuprofen) is suggested to control any tenderness. It’s okay to take a dose or two of pain reliever the first couple of days to help with early discomfort. Any soreness should start to decrease after about day four.

Maintenance of Braces

Sometimes, brackets become loose during treatment. This is a quick fix, simply contact our office to schedule an appointment. We can easily reattach the bracket. If this becomes a recurring problem, you may be eating foods you should be avoiding or participating in physical activities without wearing a mouth guard.

Foods to Avoid

Even though your braces are secured with a strong bonding material it will take about 24 hours for the bond to set completely. You can eat normally once you leave our office, but there are certain foods you should avoid. Caution should be taken not only on the first day but throughout orthodontic treatment. Stay clear of sticky, hard or sugary food items. Anything too hard can damage or break brackets and wires. Sticky foods tend to get trapped between orthodontic brackets and wires. Limit sugary snacks for better oral health.

Good Oral Hygiene

It is especially important to practice good oral hygiene habits when wearing braces. This is because orthodontic brackets and wires make it more challenging to clean your teeth thoroughly. Your Cincinnati orthodontist will instruct you on how to brush and floss properly while wearing braces.

What to Expect with Braces