Your teeth may be sore in the beginning as they start to move. At times it may seem that only two or three teeth strike when you bite together. This initial discomfort can usually be handled by the use of a mild analgesic (Commonly what you would take for a headache) and will pass in a few days.
Small abrasions on lips or cheeks may turn into a ‘canker’ sore. Warm salt water rinses and placing some wax on the offending bracket may help until the lip and cheek tissues are toughened and become used to the appliances.
If any of these possible initial problems do not subside in 4-5 days, please call.
Loosening of teeth
This is a common occurrence throughout the treatment period. Teeth must loosen so that they can be moved to their new positions and will tighten up after the removal of appliances, during the first 3-4 months of the retention period.
Your chewing efficiency will be reduced, particularly at first.
Try to eat a well balanced diet by cutting up harder foods or by using a blender. Limit your consumption of soda pop (high in sugar and acid) and sweets to protect against decalcification and cavities (see fluoride rinsing below).
The appliances can be broken or bent by biting very hard or sticky foods. Bent or broken appliances will slow your progress and add considerably to the treatment time. Accidents can happen; however, please be careful.
Please avoid chewing the following: pens or pencils, ice or hard candy, raw vegetables that are not cut up, gum, caramels or other sticky candy
Brushing and flossing
It will take you about twice as long to get your teeth and appliances clean. You have been shown a method which seems to work best for most people but may be different than suggested by your family dentist. Plan on spending at least one 5-10 minute session of brushing and flossing daily.
All patients with braces should use a daily fluoride rinse to minimize the chance of decalcification (white spots on the teeth in areas where plaque is not removed) if possible. This is not mandatory- brushing and flossing are primary concerns.
We suggest Phos Flur for daily one minute rinsing (Dr. Streem has samples if you want to try it). No Rx is necessary, but you may have to ask the pharmacist if it is not on the shelf. Please follow the instructions and continue to use it daily throughout the treatment period.