It is very important to eat only soft foods for the first 24 hours. This appliance may make your teeth sore for a few days. If there is any discomfort, just take whatever pain reliever you would use for a headache.
Braces may affect your speech, but with practice, it will improve. You may experience increased saliva for a day or so, but this will soon decrease.
Your appliance will affect your eating, but you will eventually learn to eat almost anything. However, do not bite into anything hard or sticky, like caramels, jelly beans, jaw breaks, taffy, etc. Also, do not chew on ice.
What to Expect
Keep your mouth clean by brushing and using a Waterpik® around all the appliance parts, your gums, and tooth surfaces.
If something comes loose, call our office to schedule a visit even if you have a regular appointment scheduled. If the bands or ends of the wire bother your cheeks or tongue, try placing wax over the area. If you get cold sores, please let us know, and we can recommend a medication.
You can eat icees, popsicles, ice cream, regular and frozen yogurt, pudding, and Jell-O®. Soft tacos, cheese puff balls, thin potato chips, Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups®, 3 Musketeers®, marshmallows, and Hershey’s® bars (without nuts) are also allowed. Make sure to cut all your meat off the bone, and cut hard fruits and vegetables into small pieces. You can also eat crescent rolls, soft dinner rolls, muffins, pasta, mashed potatoes, pepperoni slices, and cheese.
With any braces or appliances cemented to the teeth, it becomes much more difficult to clean the teeth. While brushing and flossing are the primary ways to clean teeth, the complications with orthodontics make some additions highly recommended.
Automatic (electric) toothbrushes are very helpful since they are more likely to clean all over and are also motivational. We have no recommendation on brand for the electric toothbrush.
Fluoride hardens the enamel surface and is highly recommended. It should be in the toothpaste and mouth rinse. Use as directed on the packaging.
A Waterpik can shoot a pulsating stream of water into areas that are inaccessible to toothbrushes. The addition of some fluoride to the Waterpik is even better. Add 3 capfuls of fluoride to the water, and follow the Waterpik unit instructions.
For any questions or concerns, please call (419) 882-1017. If it’s an emergency and the office is closed, please call (419) 318-9821.