When you’re ready to begin your orthodontic treatment, it’s very likely that you’ll have a number of questions about what you can expect during the time you spend with braces on your teeth. To make the transition into braces easier, the team here at your Irving orthodontics office has put together the following information that explains what you can expect during your first month of treatment.
Week 1: Initial Discomfort
When you leave our office after Dr. Travers has put the braces on your teeth, you can expect to feel some discomfort. It’s perfectly normal for your teeth to be sore for the first three to five days as they begin to move. To keep this discomfort under control, you should only eat soft foods for the first few days like eggs, smoothies, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and cooked pasta.
It’s possible that some small sore areas will develop on the inside of your cheeks from rubbing brackets and wires. This is completely normal and is something that should get better as the soft tissues “toughen up” with time. If a sore area does develop, place some orthodontic wax over the part of your braces that’s causing the irritation.
You may find it a real challenge to brush and floss your teeth with all those bands, brackets, and wires in the way. Just take your time and remember the oral hygiene instructions we gave you. The key is to be gentle and thorough with that brush and floss of yours!
As far as your appearance is concerned, you may feel self-conscious for a few days. However, once you realize that most people will respond positively to seeing you in braces, your self-confidence should improve!
Week 2: Getting Used To Braces
By week two, any discomfort you felt during week one should be diminished. The main issue you’ll most likely have during week two is getting used to your new diet. Just remember not to eat any of the foods on the “foods to avoid” list we gave you. We recommend taking some time to plan your meals so you don’t go hungry or end up eating something that can damage your braces.
By week two, you should be more used to brushing and flossing with braces on your teeth. If you find it difficult to get into all those nooks and crannies with your toothbrush, use an interdental toothbrush or an oral irrigator to make it easier to dislodge bits of food that become trapped in your braces.
Week 3: Teeth Are Moving
By the time the third week rolls around, you should be feeling pretty good about wearing braces! While your braces will still feel tight on your teeth, most of the discomfort you felt earlier should be gone. Week three is a great time during your treatment to fine tune your oral hygiene skills to make sure you’re doing the best job possible cleaning your teeth and braces.
Don’t panic if your teeth start to feel a little loose because they actually are looser than normal! Your braces are working to gently loosen and move your teeth into their new positions. Your braces may also feel less tight during week three. This is a good sign that your braces are working as they’re designed.
Week 4: You Are A Natural!
During the fourth week of treatment, you should not feel much soreness or discomfort. This is a good time to review all the instructions we gave you when we put the braces on your teeth to make sure you’re doing everything right. This is also a great time to get into the habit of checking your braces to make sure nothing is bent, loose or missing. You should also spend some time during week four making sure you have an adequate supply of orthodontic wax, elastic bands or other materials you may need for your braces between appointments with your Dallas orthodontist.
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As you can see, the first week in braces is the most challenging! Once you get used to wearing braces and make some adjustments to your diet and oral hygiene routine, you should be able to breeze through your treatment without running into any major issues. If you have any questions during your treatment, just contact us and we’ll give you the answers you need!