New braces may require a period of adaptation. Your braces may initially feel as if they are bulky, this is a common feeling and it should subside in little time. Your cheeks should acclimate to the brackets fairly quickly, however you may find applying wax will ease this initial discomfort.
Patients generally experience a slight level of soreness following the application of braces or other orthodontic appliance. If this is a concern for you, we recommend that you take over-the-counter pain relievers prior to your first appointment and as needed every 4-6 hours for the next few days following the appointment.
Getting braces means making a change in your diet. Please see our list of foods to avoid while undergoing orthodontic treatment here.
Our staff will request that you take the following steps after each appointment to guarantee your optimum level of comfort and appliance effectiveness until your next visit:
- Review actions or behaviors expected of your involvement until your next appointment.
- Examine your own mouth for sharp or poking wires.
- Ensure that you have an appropriate amount of supplies such as wax, bands, or other materials you may need until your next appointment.
- Schedule your next appointment. The postponement of scheduling appointments can lead to unnecessary excess treatment time.