If you’re getting braces soon, we bet you’re excited but maybe a little apprehensive. You know Dr. Jones and Dr. DeShon will help you achieve a beautiful smile, but you have no idea what to expect on the day your braces are fitted.

In this post, we’re going to talk about what to expect when and after you get your braces.  To ensure a smooth transition into life with braces, a few simple preparations can go a long way.

Manage Discomfort

Contrary to popular belief, the process of getting braces isn’t painful. However, it’s common to experience a dull ache within hours of leaving the clinic.

To alleviate this discomfort, consider taking over-the-counter pain relief medication such as ibuprofen before your appointment. Follow dosage instructions carefully, and continue as needed for the first few days. Rest assured, any discomfort will diminish over time.

Post-Fitting Activities

Except for fitting in your orthodontist appointment, there’s no need to change much about your daily routine to get your braces. You should be able to return to school or work the same day (depending on your appointment time) and engage in regular activities afterward.

Eat with Ease

In the initial days following braces fitting, opt for soft, easy-to-eat foods to minimize discomfort. While indulging in ice cream may sound tempting, diversify your options with nutritious alternatives like mashed potatoes, soft pasta, or soothing soups. Be mindful to avoid hard or chewy foods that could exacerbate discomfort or damage your braces. If you’re accustomed to snacking on crunchy fruits like apples, consider softer alternatives such as smoothies or bananas until your teeth adjust.

Be sure to have plenty of options on hand before you leave for your appointment. That way, you don’t have to go to the grocery store to find something you can eat.

As the discomfort subsides, you can return to your usual diet. However, you do need to avoid a few items that you’ll need to stay way from as long as you are wearing braces: essentially, this includes anything very hard, chewy, or sticky. [Read our post: Foods to eat and foods to avoid while wearing braces.] Don’t worry – these foods will taste that much better when you’re eating them with your gorgeous, new smile!

Maintain Oral Hygiene

Start brushing and flossing your teeth immediately after getting braces. We will provide specific guidance on proper oral care techniques, so take the opportunity to practice diligently. Clearing away food particles and bacteria is crucial for maintaining oral health during orthodontic treatment and for ensuring optimal results once your braces are removed.

Adjust to Changes

It’s natural to initially experience slight changes in speech and oral sensation. Allow time for your tongue and lips to adapt to the presence of braces. While lingual braces may require additional adjustment, any speech changes typically resolve within a few days. Additionally, minor discomfort or ulcers inside the mouth are common but temporary. We’ll make sure you have the essentials you need, including wax, to alleviate any irritation.

Keep the End Goal in Mind

As you embark on your braces journey, keep sight of the ultimate goal: a dazzling, confident smile. While challenges may arise along the way, trust that time will pass swiftly, and you’ll emerge with newfound confidence and pride in your smile. Anticipate the day when your braces come off, unveiling the beautiful results of your commitment and diligence.

Look Ahead

We can’t wait to start this journey with you, providing guidance and support every step of the way. Should you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’ll be happy to schedule a free consultation for you, talk through a treatment plan, and explain the wide range of discounts and payment options we offer to make orthodontic treatment affordable for everyone.