What should I do before I leave the office?
To minimize discomfort and eliminate any future problems or confusion, make sure to follow these steps before leaving our office with your new braces.
- Move your teeth around to check for all wires that may be poking you.
- Make sure you have listened to and understood your doctor's instructions about what steps to follow until your next scheduled appointment.
- Make sure you have proper cleaning aids.
- Make sure you have enough dental wax; you will need it!
- Make sure you have rubber bands if your doctor told you to wear them.
- If you're a patient who plays sports, please make sure you got your mouthguard.
- Schedule your follow-up appointment! Appointment times fill up quickly. Don't delay your treatment by not scheduling your next appointment!
What precautions should I take once I'm wearing my braces?
- Right after you get your braces, your teeth and mouth will likely feel sore or tender. We suggest eating soft foods.
- You might also feel some discomfort as the brackets may scratch your cheeks. It's helpful to apply a bit of wax to the brackets that scratch you. If you run out of wax, please call the office.
- Your teeth may be sore for up to a week. You can take Motrin, Advil or ibuprofen (any over-the-counter medication you'd take for a headache) to relieve the pain. In the beginning, it might be helpful to take the medication before the pain starts.
What types of foods can I eat while wearing braces?
For most situations, common sense will tell you what foods to avoid eating. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Additionally, nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided. Some foods you should not eat include:
- Hard, crunchy foods: ice, popcorn, nuts, chips
- Hard foods that you bite into: corn on the cob, a whole apple
- Sticky foods: gum, caramels, licorice
- Tough, chewy foods: bagels, pizza crust
For a complete list, please see our Foods to Avoid page.