Congratulations on getting your new braces! It is the first time in your journey to a healthy, beautiful smile. Here are some tips for getting familiar and comfortable with your new orthodontic appliances.
Before Leaving Our 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 tongue around and make sure nothing is poking you.
- Make sure you have listened to and understood Dr. Benko’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.
- Schedule your follow-up appointment! Appointment times fill up quickly! Don’t delay your treatment by not scheduling your next appointment!
Getting Used to Your New Braces
It may make a day or two to get used to the feeling of having braces on your teeth. They may feel like they stick out a bit, but you will soon get used to them!
Tips for Pain Alleviation
Right after you get your braces, your teeth and mouth will likely feel sore or tender. The brackets may even scratch your cheeks.
- Gargle lukewarm saltwater, which is a mixture of one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water.
- Take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers.
- Use a warm wash cloth or heating pad to reduce the soreness in your jaws.
- Use orthodontic wax to prevent brackets from scratching you.