An orthodontist holds a mouth model with teeth that have braces in Lytle, TX

What to Expect for the First Day in Braces

January 29, 2021 2:52 am

Are you or is your child about to get braces? If so, then you may be wondering what to expect for the first day in braces!

  1. There Will Be Tenderness & Discomfort
  2. Teeth will most likely feel sore and sensitive after getting braces. This is completely normal! We recommend taking some over-the-counter medication before the appointment so it has time to set in before the braces get attached to the teeth. The discomfort is temporary and should subside within a week.

  3. Eating Soft Foods Is Easier
  4. Since new braces can cause temporary sensitivity and tenderness, meals of soft foods will be more enjoyable. Plan several meals of mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, soup, smoothies, low-sugar yogurt, bananas, and/or applesauce to make eating easier.

  5. Adaptation Takes Patience
  6. It takes the brain a bit to get used to having the brackets and wires rubbing against the lips, cheeks, and tongue. Orthodontic wax can be placed over brackets or wires that feel particularly odd or uncomfortable. Every patient is different so it could take as little as a few days to as long as a few weeks to get used to having braces.

  7. Speech May Be Temporarily Altered
  8. Braces can cause a slight lisp but don’t fret! This is simply part of the adjustment period when getting braces since the lips and tongue aren’t used to being against the brackets and wires. If a speech impediment continues after a few weeks, consult with our team!

Braces for Kids, Teens & Adults in Lytle, TX

Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics offers traditional braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign® clear aligner therapy in Lytle, TX. Our office is stocked with kid-friendly amenities and accepts a variety of payment options to make orthodontics affordable for your family.

Do you have any questions braces for kids, teenagers, or adults? Our team would be thrilled to get you the answers you seek! Please contact Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics today to schedule an orthodontic consultation!

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