When you are first told that you need braces to correct some dental issues, you may wonder what is in store for you. The most important thing to remember is that in the end, you will have a beautiful smile and better oral health.
For traditional metal braces and ceramic braces, it may take one to two hours to put them on, depending on the type of braces you are getting. The first step is typically to clean and dry your teeth. Next, the bonding glue will be applied to each tooth and the brackets will be attached. The arch wire will be placed in the brackets and secured with elastic bands. Metal braces may be secured with colored elastic bands to add to your personal style.
You may feel a little bit of soreness in your mouth and teeth afterwards. This soreness may last a week or so, depending on the situation. There are some things you can do to minimize the discomfort. These include:
• Eat soft foods or liquids for the first two days. Things like soup, yogurt, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, applesauce and milkshakes.
• If the discomfort becomes intense, you may take over-the-counter medications. There are products that you can buy that will numb the uncomfortable areas. You can also rinse your mouth with a weak, warm salt-water solution several times each day.
• Get some orthodontic wax to cover any brackets that are causing discomfort.
• Try not to touch the sore spots with your tongue or finger.
Once your braces are on your teeth and before you leave our office, be sure to ask about any hygiene programs or dietary instructions needed, and if there are any special supplies you need for cleaning. We also recommend that you make your next appointment at that time. If you postpone appointments, you may extend the amount of time you need to wear the braces.
When you have your first consultation with our specialist at Petty, Bielik and Burke Orthodontics, your teeth may be checked and you can learn about all of your orthodontic options. Metal braces and ceramic braces are just a couple of the available treatments at our offices in Frankfort and Oak Lawn. We will make sure you have all of the necessary instructions so that you will end up with a beautiful smile and healthy teeth for years to come. Contact us today to schedule an orthodontic appointment!