For the first day or so after getting your braces, if your teeth are tender, stick to soft foods such as soups and pastas until the soreness subsides. Before long, you'll be able to enjoy most of the foods that you enjoyed before, but you should be careful with certain foods. You'll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you're wearing braces.
When you get your braces on, you may feel soreness and tenderness to biting pressures for up to one week. If the tenderness is severe, an over-the-counter pain reliever that you normally would take for headache or similar pain can be used, as directed by your health care professional. The lips, cheeks and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. We will provide wax that can be applied to the braces to make you more comfortable.
This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don't worry! It's normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will tighten up again in their new and corrected positions following treatment.
To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.