For the first few days your teeth may be sore. This may last a few hours or for a day or two when the teeth first start to move. This may also occur after subsequent adjustment appointments. Soft foods are a good idea during the first 24 to 48 hours: milkshakes, grilled cheese, soup, soft pasta, or scrambled eggs. You could also take a pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil if necessary.
Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong cement but this may loosen if some care is not taken: avoid hard foods such as nuts, hard candy, pretzels, tortilla chips, granola bars, and pizza crust. Cut raw fruits or vegetables into smaller pieces. Do not chew on pencils or pens. Soft sticky foods such as caramels, gummy bears, and gum should also be avoided.
For the first days following the placement of braces your lips and cheeks will have to get used to your new appliances. You may experience some rubbing or sore spots or you may notice nothing at all. Orthodontic wax is available and can be placed over any rough or sharp area.
Remove the wax before brushing and replace with a new piece. Your mouth will soon get used to your new appliances.
Brushing and flossing are critical as good oral hygiene during treatment is crucial. Braces act as food traps. Food or plaque not removed from tooth surfaces can cause white decoloured marks, cavities, or gum disease. Brush after every meal or snack. You can use a specially designed orthodontic brush that has a v-groove in the centre or a regular brush as long as it is a good quality one, soft, and used correctly.
Flossing should be done daily. Night is the best. You will receive floss threaders, nylon loops that help you thread the floss under the wire, or superfloss, floss with a stiff end that is easy to manipulate.
A Proxy brush is like a little pipe cleaner on a stick and helps reach those harder to clean areas between braces: larger spaces and under the wires as well.
To help you with this important task of good oral hygiene you will receive a special kit with everything you need.
It should take about 5 minutes to clean your teeth thoroughly, at least once per day. The teeth and braces should be shiny when you are done.
Healthy, clean teeth and gums will let your braces work better.
You only get one set of permanent teeth. Mouthguards not only protect your smile, but also significantly lower the risk of concussion, brain, and neck injuries. We feel so strongly about this that we make all our sports loving patients a Sport Guard at no cost: one of the advantages of choosing Quantum Orthodontics.
Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working properly: