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What to Expect While Wearing Braces

Serving patients seeking braces in Doylestown and the surrounding area

Here is some general information about what you can expect while wearing braces.

  • Your teeth and lips will be sore for about 1-2 weeks (everyone is different).
  • If you have bite guards placed on your teeth, which most patients do, you will only be able to bite on the bite guards. Your other teeth will not touch until about 2-4 months into treatment.
  • You will get used to eating with the bite guards. Hang in there!
  • Use wax and Ibuprofen (or other pain medication) to help aid with discomfort.
  • Wax can be used in any area that is bothering you (i.e., areas around the wires or braces).

If one of the braces (brackets) comes off

  • We want the braces to stay on your teeth. If one pops off your tooth, it may come out of your mouth or may stay on the wire.
  • If the dislodged brace (bracket) is not hurting you, just try to hang onto it until you come in for your next adjustment.
  • You are responsible for keeping the braces on your teeth!

Avoid the following foods:

  • Anything that is harder than a pretzel
  • Crusts, nuts, bagels, chicken wings, popcorn kernels, raw vegetables, whole fruit, candy, taffy and any other type of food that can cause a bracket to pop off

Brush and floss your teeth.

  • Brush like crazy!
  • Keep all plaque off your teeth, so that it does not harden and turn into tartar.
  • Use your finger nails to check if all soft plaque and debris has been removed.
  • Teeth move slower when plaque and tartar is in the way!
  • Your adjustments will be easier if your teeth are clean!
  • Flossing can be difficult, but it is do-able. Thoroughly floss at least twice per week.

Please call (215) 348-9922 if you have questions that are not answered on this form.

For a PDF copy of the braces information page, please click here.

 

 

 
   
   
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