What you need to know to survive the first days after you get your braces

What you need to know to survive the first days after you get your braces
September 23rd, 2016 | Blog | No comments

We’ve been talking a lot about braces lately, and there is a good reason for that; orthodontic treatments can be terrifying when you don’t know what you are dealing with. And it can outright fail if you don’t take the necessary precautions. We believe in education here at Dental Solutions; we are aware that the highest success rates of a procedure go hand in hand with a patients knowledge and dedication to treatment.

What to expect after I get braces?

It depends on the orthodontists, some doctors like to place all the brackets immediately; while others take a couple of session to get started. While you may want to start right away, keep in mind that doing the whole procedure in a single sitting requires a lot of time and patience; so expect to sit at least an hour on the dentist chair.

With a full placement you are going to feel a tight pressure after the procedure is done; most people do not find it uncomfortable at all, and not feeling any pressure may mean that a bracket has come loose, so stay alert. With a partial placement you wont feel as much, so in a way it’s easier to adjust.

What about the following day?

On day 2 things may be a little harder on you; as you probably will feel some pain, it’s duration and intensity varies from patient to patient. Some people only feel a slight discomfort when they bite, while in more extreme cases you may feel chronic discomfort.

If you feel a pain when you eat, don’t worry, that’s normal, and the feeling will go away in a couple of days. If you feel chronic and acute pain for more than a few days, contact your dentist immediately.

Food and oral care

For the first few days you would do well to avoid any hard or crunchy food. It’s not like you are never going to eat them again, but if you bite like you normally do, you are probably going to ruin your braces. In other words, you have to relearn how to bite. Your dentist will give a small tutorial, but you gotta try different methods until you find one that’s comfortable for you.

As for cleaning, you have to be even more careful, since you will probably end with food between your braces. Use special floss and toothbrush designed for orthodontic patients for optimum performance.