Nearly every patient who is recommended orthodontic treatment asks the same question — are my braces going to hurt? Anxious feelings when facing an unknown procedure are understandable. But the truth is, the application of brackets is painless, so there is no reason to be nervous. But what can you expect in the days that follow? Today, the Parkcrest Dental Group talks about what you can expect in your first week with braces.
The First Week In Braces
Your first day with braces is an exciting time! The application process may take a bit of time, as they are placing wires and brackets into your mouth. Once the application of your brackets is complete, you may have a bit of trouble speaking and chewing. This feeling will quickly subside as you adjust to life with braces. Avoid eating crunchy or chewy foods — stick with soft foods like soup, yogurt, or macaroni and cheese.
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Day 2 & 3
As your teeth begin to adjust, you may feel a bit of discomfort. This is normal — it just means your braces are working! You can use Advil or Ibuprofen for pain relief if needed. Dental wax can also be useful to reduce irritation on your lips and cheeks. You can also rinse your mouth with salt-water for a bit of relief. Hang in there! The discomfort should subside in just a few days.
Day 5 – 7
By now, you should only be experiencing a small amount of pain if any. You should also be more comfortable speaking and eating. You will soon be ready to return to a regular diet, though there will still be a few problematic foods you will want to avoid through the entire orthodontic process.
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At this point, you will have mostly acclimated to your braces! Congratulations! Sure, there will be times that are frustrating, but Dr. Harrison’s orthodontic team is always here to help you through. Best of all, at the end of the process, you will have a beautifully straight smile.
Schedule Your Orthodontic Visit Today
Dr. Steven Harrison is committed to staying up-to-date on cutting-edge advances in orthodontic practice. If you are looking for a team that is ready to provide you and your family with quality care — schedule an appointment at Parkcrest Dental Group today.