We are very excited to be apart of this journey with you. We want to ensure this process is as easy and painless as possible. We have put together some information for you that we feel may be beneficial for you. If you should have any questions or concerns feel free to contact one of our very happy staff members for some assistance.
It is normal to experience some discomfort/soreness at the beginning of treatment and after every adjustment. If necessary please take over the counter medication such as Ibuprofen/Tylenol. You can also use orthodontic wax to ease any sore spots you may have.
Orthodontic wax is used to help the patient become accustomed to wearing braces. Since wearing braces is new to you, the brackets may feel uncomfortable and a bit rough on your gums and cheeks. This is especially common at the beginning of treatment. You will notice that as time goes by this becomes less of an issue. If there are any sore spots please place a ball of wax approximately the size of a pea over the bracket that is irritating you. If you run out of wax please contact our office for some more!
Separators / Spacers are placed between your teeth to allow space for your bands. Bands are metallic rings that hold the ends of the arch wire in place. Separators are worn for approximately 7-10 days. The spacers will be removed at your next appointment and bands will be placed.
It is normal to experience some soreness. If this occurs, eating softer foods may help. Please avoid sticky chewy, gummy foods. Please do not floss where separators have been placed. Please do not pick at separators with your fingers or tongue. Please keep your teeth clean. If the separator happens to fall off please contact our office to schedule an appointment.
A bracket is broken if it is loose or completely off of the tooth/wire. To avoid broken brackets please follow the food list provided by our office. Broken/loose brackets tend to slow treatment progress. If this happens please place the bracket in a sandwich bag and give us a call. We will make you an appointment to repair the bracket.
A poking/broken wire can occur during your orthodontic treatment. As your teeth straighten the wire can sometimes poke your cheek. You can place wax on the wire that is causing the irritation. If necessary please contact our office to instruct you on how to do this or to make an appointment.
The size of your elastics and the way they are attached vary from patient to patient. It is important to carefully follow the orthodontist’s instructions when attaching the elastic to your braces.The changes are made to straighten your teeth. Wearing elastics properly is very important. Be sure to wear the appropriate size and attach them in the appropriate places. Elastics must be worn at all times, unless instructed otherwise. The only time you can temporarily remove elastics is when you are brushing or flossing your teeth and, during meals. If the elastic should break, replace right away. If you run out of elastics please call us and we’ll have you stop in to pick up some more. Changing elastics as directed by the orthodontist is essential to finishing your treatment.
Good oral hygiene is important to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Patients often wonder if they should continue seeing their dentist for their regular checkup/cleanings. The answer to this is a simple yes. We work as a team with your dentist to ensure the best possible results and continuing care of your teeth. During this time it is crucial for you to follow our instructions on how to brush and floss (see video below). Be sure to continue seeing your dentist for your regular check ups during orthodontic treatment.