When your braces are first placed, your teeth will feel tender. This is normal and will go away within a few days. This tenderness will return with each adjustment, but it goes away faster each time.
You may also experience irritation to the soft tissues of the mouth. This is because the hard materials of the braces rub against the cheeks and lips. You can lessen this with dental wax and manage pain with saltwater rinses.
Damaged appliances aren’t effective at moving teeth. You need to keep your braces in good shape. Watch what you eat so you do not hurt the wires and brackets and wear a custom mouthguard when playing sports (we will make one for you). Also take care to properly clean the teeth and braces 2-3 times per day.
You will notice that your teeth feel loose a little while after treatment begins. Don’t panic; this is just part of the process. Teeth must loosen up as the bone remodels to allow for the teeth to move. Once they are in their final positions, they will firm up again.
The wires and bands on your appliance can, and likely will, come loose from time to time. If this happens, call the office so we can check your braces and make the needed repairs. If any part of your braces comes off, keep it safe and bring it with you to your appointment.
If a wire is poking you, it is okay to push it back into place using a spoon. You also might be able to clip it carefully. Just be sure to call us so we can offer a more permanent fix.
Do you have more questions about life with braces? Schedule an appointment to learn more.