Surviving the first days with BRACES

Learning to adapt to your braces is tricky, but not impossible, so here are some helpful hints to prepare you for the first few days of wearing braces:

  1. It's best not to schedule your initial braces appointment just before an important event; you will want a few days to become accustomed to your new braces.
  2. When braces are placed, or when adjustments to your braces are made, your teeth and gums may feel tender initially. The amount of discomfort varies from patient to patient, but usually does not last for more than three days. Use Advil™ or Ibuprofen to reduce any discomfort created by your braces.
  3. Eating with braces for the first time will be a little different! You should modify your diet to preserve the integrity of your appliances and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Avoid eating hard, sticky and sugared foods. Select soft food items such as soups, pasta, mashed potatoes, rice, milkshakes, bananas and yogurt.
  4. Use soft orthodontic wax to protect the inside of your lips and cheeks from the abrasive sensation of your appliances. This sensation will subside after you have adjusted to your braces (within 3 - 4 days), and it is unlikely that these sores will return throughout the remainder of your orthodontic treatment.
  5. Use Chapstick or lip balm to moisten your lips during treatment. You may find yourself mouth breathing more frequently in order to minimize scratching of your lips. Such mouth breathing will cause your lips to become dry and chapped.
  6. Most of all, remember to incorporate a regular schedule of brushing and flossing into your daily routine, to reduce the likelihood of gum infections or tooth decay.
  7. Make sure to call our office if you do break a bracket or a wire, and we will schedule a repair appointment for you.
  8. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to give us a call. We are here for you!

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Calgary, AB T3P 0A3