After your lingual braces are applied, you may feel like you’re speaking with a lisp or that your voice sounds funny. Practice reading out loud several times a day for the first few weeks. Speak a bit slower until you feel comfortable with your new braces.
What to Expect
It’s normal to experience mild discomfort 6–12 hours after your braces have been applied. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, as recommended by the doctor, and eat soft foods such as soup, pasta, and ice cream until the pain subsides. This is normal no matter that type of braces you choose. Suddenly, you have something in your mouth that you did not have before. It takes a little getting used to.
Most patients adjust to their new braces within the first 2 weeks. Be sure to use the wax products recommended by the doctor, especially at night, so that your tongue will adjust to the braces.
Call the doctor immediately if you feel anything out of place or have concerns about breakage. If a bracket comes off, be sure to bring it to your next appointment. The braces are customized just for you and cannot be replaced immediately.
Your lingual braces are designed to be durable, but you should still use caution when eating certain foods that my damage a bracket or wire. Avoid chewing ice, bubble gum, and sticky, hard candies.
Caring for Your Lingual Braces
Caring for your lingual braces is pretty much the same as how you’d typically take care of your smile.
Brush regularly and thoroughly. Some people say an electric or sonic wave toothbrush helps their teeth feel cleaner.
Floss regularly. Traditional floss is fine. A water flosser is also an effective alternative. Talk to your orthodontist about your flossing options.
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.