What To Expect When Getting Braces

What To Expect When Getting Braces
Posted on 12/19/2017

Girl with light brown hair smiling with braces

Getting braces put on can be quite the life-altering experience! While an efficient orthodontic treatment will require you to make a few lifestyle changes in order to maintain the treatment’s effectiveness, it’ll all be worth it in the end as they’ll help you achieve a beautiful smile that you’ve previously only been able to dream about! As your orthodontist proudly serving the areas in and around Paris, TN, we at McClain Orthodontics would like to let you know what you should expect during and after this orthodontic treatment.

When You First Get Your Braces Placed

The process of placing braces on a patient’s teeth is simpler than you may realize. The procedure will last for about one-to-two hours and it follows these basic steps. First, your orthodontist will clean and dry your teeth. After your teeth are cleaned, your orthodontist will apply bonding glue to the front of your teeth and attach the brackets to them. Lastly, the archwire will be placed in the brackets and it’ll be secured with elastic bands.

Lifestyle Changes After Braces

When you begin wearing braces, you’ll have to undergo several lifestyle changes in order to accommodate your orthodontics. Oral hygiene is vital when you’re wearing braces due to the ease in which food particles can be trapped in your orthodontics. That’s why we recommend brushing your teeth four times per day (once after every meal and then again before you go to sleep. Also, you’ll want to floss daily. If you’re having a hard time getting the floss around the archwire, you can use a dental tool, such as a floss threader, to help.

You’ll also need to watch what you eat as certain foods can potentially damage your braces. These foods to avoid include hard foods and sticky foods. Hard foods can sometimes break the brackets and wires of your braces while sticky foods can tug at the brackets and wires, often loosening them. Avoid any type of food that falls into one of these two categories.

Remember to continue visiting both your dentist and your orthodontist during your orthodontic treatment. Regular visits to the orthodontist are important because you need to make sure that your treatment is going just as planned. This doesn’t mean that you can skip out on your regular visits to the dentist during this time though. Your dentist will help make sure that you don’t have any underlying dental problems that can complicate your treatment.

Dealing with Discomfort

It’s common for patients to worry about their braces causing them pain. In fact, that’s one of the most common concerns that we get about braces. Thankfully, braces aren’t painful at all so you shouldn’t be worried one bit about it. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be any discomfort or soreness. After the braces have been placed or after they’ve been adjusted, there will typically be a few-day period where you’ll experience some discomfort or soreness. If you’re experiencing any unpleasantness, we have several potential solutions to this problem:

  • Stick to eating soft foods for the first few days. Some of our favorite suggestions include soup, applesauce, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, yogurt, and milkshakes.
  • We also recommend avoiding acidic drinks as they can aggravate any mouth sores that you have.
  • If there are certain parts of the brackets or wires that are irritating your mouth, you can apply orthodontic wax to these areas of your braces to keep them from aggravating you.
  • You can also use an over-the-counter oral anesthetic to numb any irritated areas in your mouth.
  • If all else fails, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Visit Your Paris, TN Orthodontist Today!

If you’re interested in getting braces or one of our other exceptional orthodontic treatments, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your Paris, TN orthodontist here at McClain Orthodontics. You can do so by filling out our online appointment request form or by giving us a call at (731) 644-9311. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!