First Days in Braces
Miami Patients’ First Days in Braces
The adhesive used for attaching the braces to your teeth cures rapidly but takes 24-hours to completely cure. You can eat anytime after leaving our office. However, we ask that you be mindful of the suggested list of foods that may be harmful to the braces. Until you become accustomed to eating with your new braces, you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of softer foods.
Will the braces cause discomfort? Initially, the braces feel like they “stick out.” This is normal. As you become accustomed to your braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will disappear and cease to be a concern. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothened, you may find it helpful to use a small piece of wax around the bracket if there is any irritation. You will probably notice some tooth tenderness beginning a few hours after your braces are placed. Some teeth, usually the front teeth, may be “tender” and sensitive to pressure. Some patients report they experience no discomfort, but most have some sensitivity during the first eight hours and dissipating within the week. This experience differs with each patient. Often non-prescription pain remedies commonly taken for other discomforts such as headaches will be necessary. For maximum effectiveness, it may be best to take such medications before the discomfort begins and before bed time.