The adhesive used for attaching the braces to your teeth dries rapidly initially but takes 24 hours to completely cure. You can eat any time after leaving our office. However, we ask that you be mindful of the No-No food list to avoid damaging your braces. Until you become accustomed to eating with your new braces, you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of soft foods.
As you become accustomed to your braces, your lips may feel full during the first few days. This sensation will disappear. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, you may find it helpful to use a small piece of orthodontic wax or Gishy-Goo™ around the bracket to create a smooth surface. We will provide you with orthodontic wax the day you get your braces. You will probably notice some discomfort beginning a few hours after your braces are placed. Some teeth, usually the front teeth, may be tender and sensitive to pressure. Occasionally, patients report that they experience no discomfort, but some have mild tenderness during the first 8 hours that should ease within a few days. Exactly when the discomfort ceases, however, is impossible to predict and differs for each patient. You may wish to take non-prescription pain remedies commonly taken for other discomforts such as headaches. For maximum effectiveness, it may be best to take medications before the discomfort begins.
There are routine steps we ask you to complete before leaving the office. These steps will minimize discomfort related to irritation from braces and ensure an optimal response to treatment.
Please make these steps part of each visit: