Dental braces are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also aiming to improve dental health. Braces also fix gaps. Every orthodontic appliance or set of braces is specially designed for each patient to ensure a proper fit. Even so, the newness will often result in an adjustment period.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Tenderness or discomfort can occur when orthodontic treatment first begins. Muscle and tooth soreness can last for 24-72 hours. During any sore periods of time, a soft diet, with food cut into small bites, oral analgesics like Ibuprofen or Diclofenac (prescribed by your dentist if you do not have stomach ulcer) and a topical analgesic gel like Bonjela can help alleviate soreness. White wax is available to pinch off and place on a sharp arch wire, bracket or band and will protect the irritated cheek or gum tissue. If you have difficulty speaking, speak slowly, until your cheeks and tongue becomes accustomed to the addition.
- You may experience some pressure and discomfort on your teeth.
- Be gentle with braces and avoid chewing hard and/or sticky food.
- Brushing and flossing around braces is sometimes challenging and time consuming, but very important.
- Always schedule your next appointment before leaving the office. Waiting 1-2 weeks after an appointment to schedule your next office visit complicates the scheduling process, since appointments are programmed 4-6 weeks in advance. Postponing appointments is a common contributor to extending treatment.
- Call the clinic or your Orthodontist directly if you have any questions.
Typically it could take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years for majority of cases to be resolved. Other factors that could affect length of time is how well you keep your braces.
In the first few days after adjustment, you might experience some discomfort but that’s how you know you are making progress. During this time your teeth are getting setting in their new positions. Prepare yourself by ensuring you have pain relievers .