You walk out of the orthodontist’s office excited. Braces are on! You did it. Now what? Coming home after getting your braces on can be exciting and scary. There are so many unknowns and questions you didn’t know you had until 9:30 pm when you are sure no one can help you. As a parent, you have so many important things on your plate, so worrying about braces shouldn’t be one of them!
Use this quick reference guide to answer some general braces questions and provide much-needed peace of mind until you can reach your orthodontic specialist.
Q: Is it normal for teeth to hurt after braces are placed?
A: Absolutely. Everyone is different, but typically, you can expect soreness to last between 3-7 days.
Q: Can anything be taken for discomfort or make the pain more manageable?
A:Yes. Based on what works for your body, it can be helpful to take Advil, Tylenol, or a combination given according to directions.
Q: What if something is poking me?
A: Use wax to cover brackets or wires sticking out to avoid sores on your tongue, cheeks, and gums. Call the orthodontist if it persists to get it looked at and fixed if needed.
Q: Advice for eating normally?
A: Yes. You now have a party in your mouth that wasn’t there a few hours ago! It will take time to get used to the new gear. The best recommendations are the 3 S’s. Eat Soft foods, Slowly, using Small Bites.
Q: What are the best foods to eat after having braces?
A: Anything that you like that is soft. Braces take time to get used to and chewing will be a new adventure for the first week after braces are placed. Mashed potatoes, soup, Jell-O, and shakes are all great options. Cold food and drinks can also be soothing in the early days.
Q: Are there any foods that should be avoided with braces?
A: Yes. The general rule is anything that is hard, sticky, or chewy should be avoided. Anything that you bite into and you have to jerk your head to get it to break or tear is a definite don’t. Whole apples, carrots, and other hard fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed as long as they are cut into small pieces.
The tips above are general tips and tricks to help you and your child thrive and not just survive life with braces. For specific questions, always contact your orthodontic specialist.
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About Dr. Jim Stork
Dr. Stork is a speaker, teacher, author, and orthodontic specialist. Dr. Stork completed his orthodontic training at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. In June of 2012, Stork Orthodontics opened for their first patient. Dr. Stork is a proud husband and father of two children. He has a passion for people and understands the life of a busy parent. At Stork Orthodontics he offers convenience, comfort, flexible financing, in a fun and positive environment where the patient always comes first.