Your First Days Of Orthodontic Treatment
Now that you have started orthodontic treatment, here are a few hints to help get you through the first several days with a minimum of discomfort.
Pain And Soreness
There might be a general soreness in the mouth , and it should end by the third or fourth day.You may also feel irritation on the cheeks, lips and tongue lasting for 1-2 weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the braces rubbing against them. Gargling with salt water (1 tsp. salt to 8oz of water) can help with tender teeth. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for a headache or similar pain. For irritation to the soft tissues in your mouth, we can supply you with wax to create a protective barrier on the outside of the braces.
While a bit unsettling, it is also normal for teeth to begin to feel loose.This is to be expected throughout treatment. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new positions. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. In fact, this is reassurance that your braces are doing their job!
Be careful to protect the orthodontic appliances when you eat. Faithfully follow our instructions on foods to avoid. For the first day or so, soft foods will be more appropriate. Avoid ice,candy ,tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables plus any other hard food.
If you play sports, we can provide you with a special mouth guard to wear for protection during play. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances are damaged, give us a call for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.
Loose Wire Or Band
If a wire or band becomes loose, don’t be alarmed. This happens occasionally. If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the arch wire. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call us for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.
Success of treatment depends upon cooperation between you, the doctor and staff. Wear the appliances as directed, avoid foods that can be damaging and handle emergencies properly. Always be conscientious and responsible toward your treatment. Quick, successful results depend on you, too. It’s very important that you keep your teeth, gums and appliances clean. At least once each day, spend a few moments with a mirror checking the appliances to make sure they are thoroughly clean and in good shape.
We want to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable and quick as possible! Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions that you may have about living with your braces.