First Day

About Braces

First Day in Braces

The adhesive used for attaching the braces to your teeth begins to cure rapidly but takes 24 hours to completely harden. You can eat any time after leaving our office; however, we ask that you be mindful of the suggested eating list for food that may be harmful to braces. Until you become accustomed to eating with your new braces, you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of soft foods.

Initially, the braces feel like they ‘stick out.’ This feeling is normal. As you become accustomed to your braces and your tooth alignment improves, this sensation will cease to be a concern. Although the braces have been rounded and smoothed, until the cheek tissues have ‘toughened,’ you may find it helpful to use a small piece of orthodontic wax around any brace that is creating irritation. If your supply of wax runs out, please stop by our office for more.

Patients report that they experience some discomfort which diminishes in a few days. Over-the-counter pain medicine is recommended for the pain.