Thank you for choosing our practice for your orthodontic treatment! Our goals are to make sure your orthodontic treatment is as comfortable and pleasant as possible and for the result to be a beautiful smile! We welcome any questions or concerns you may have.
When your braces are first put on, they may feel like they “stick out.” This is normal. This sensation will go away once you are accustomed to your braces and tooth alignment improves. You may find it helpful to apply a small piece of wax on your brackets until the inside of your lips and cheeks have gotten used to the brackets (anywhere from 3-14 days). You may have some discomfort and sensitivity after your braces have been placed. You may wish to take non-prescription pain medication, such as ibuprofen or Tylenol, as needed for two to three days after initial banding.
The day you get your braces on, our highly trained staff will instruct you on brushing, flossing and general care of your braces and what foods to avoid.
While wearing braces, you may experience the following:
- Back teeth not coming together when you close your mouth
- Spaces opening between upper front teeth
- Tender teeth, tongue and cheeks
- Difficulty chewing
- Overactive salivary glands
- Teeth loosening
These are normal side effects and usually last only a short time.