Frequently Asked Questions
The placement of your braces takes about 1-2 hours. Your braces will feel a little sharp against your lips and gums… kind of like a new pair of dress shoes. It may take up to a week for your gums and tongue to get comfortable with your new braces. Don’t worry, we will give you plenty of wax to help get you over the hump. It may also take about a week to learn to talk with them properly. Singing in the car or the shower is a great way to practice!
THE DAY AFTER BRACES:
The day after getting your braces is the WORST!!! It only gets better from here I PROMISE!!! Your teeth will be sore as the braces slowly begin to move your teeth. Tylenol or Advil is the best pain-relieving medicine for discomfort caused by the braces, although you may use any pain reliever to which you are accustomed. Soft foods are recommended for the first couple of days after your braces are placed. Remember to brush and floss as directed even though your teeth are sore!
THE WEEK AFTER YOU GET YOUR BRACES:
Your teeth should not be as sore as they were initially, and they should start to feel a little loose. This is an important time for you as a new orthodontic patient. You must brush, and floss better than ever to keep your teeth and gums clean. It is essential to establish good brushing habits early! Remember, clean teeth look better and move faster than teeth with plaque and decay.
THE MONTH AFTER YOU GET YOUR BRACES:
You should notice minor movements and spaces beginning to appear between some of your teeth! This is to be expected. Your good brushing and flossing habits should be in full force and you should be getting ready for your first regular check-up. Good luck and please do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns!!
- High in Sugar
Taffy, caramels, Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, gummy bears, gummy worms, (anything gummy!), bubblegum, and any additional foods that may be considered sticky or cause orthodontic breakage.
Popcorn, caramel, nuts, pretzels, peanut butter, ice, corn-on-the-cob, corn chips, Doritos, hard tacos, uncooked carrots, life-savers, hard candy, pizza crust, hard breads, and anything else that may be considered hard may break your braces.
Remember: Chewing on pencils, pens, and fingernails can also damage your braces.
Hard Sugar Foods and Drinks:
High sugar foods and drinks like most desserts or soft drinks can cause decay and decalcification (white spots) around your braces. Unless you can brush your teeth immediately after you have high sugar food and drink, avoid them.
**Remember you MUST continue to see your regular DENTIST for your check-ups and cleanings. We recommend that
you see your DENTIST every 4 months while in orthodontic treatment instead of the normal 6 month check-ups**
First, don’t panic. These materials are meant to be removable. It’s how we can leave you with a beautiful braces free smile at the end of treatment! Sometimes, appliances can break or fall out.
Always call our office to keep us informed of how you and your braces are doing. One of our staff members will be able to let you know if you can wait until your regularly scheduled appointment or if we need to move the appointment up sooner to make adjustments.
If anything breaks or falls out, place the appliance in a plastic sandwich bag or envelope to bring with you to your appointment.
Below is a diagram that will help you tell us what needs repair as well as some commonly seen situations.
This video from Ortho2 is also a great introduction to orthodontic appliances
See common orthodontic concerns and fixes below (turn sideways if viewing on mobile):
Braces Q & A
How do I keep my braces clean?
Make sure to brush along the gums, in addition to the top, side and bottom of the brackets.
What else can I use to keep my teeth clean?
Do clean teeth really move faster?
I forgot how I'm supposed to wear my elastics
Also, listed below are some pictures of frequently used techniques. If you’re unsure what technique you should be using or which teeth the elastics need to go on, reach out to our office and we can tell you.
Do I need a MouthGuard?
How can I get my braces off sooner?
- Keeping your appointments and being on time.
- Not breaking your appliances. Make sure you are following all of Dr. Katie’s instructions on foods to avoid and how to take care of your braces.
- Wearing your elastics and appliances as instructed.
- Keeping your teeth and braces clean and healthy and seeing your general dentist for regular check-ups.
What are white spots?
Full Service Orthodontic Practice
We are always available to talk with you and address your concerns. Please feel free to contact us during the following hours through our office
phone number or e-mail address. After hours, you may contact us through our answering service. Patient’s of record receive
Dr. Katie’s cell phone number and are WELCOME to call or text her with concerns as well!