We’re glad that you have chosen Angle Orthodontics.
Orthodontic treatment is a positive, transformative experience. It will change the way you look and how you feel about yourself. Here are a few things you’ll need to know about how you can help your braces create the beautiful smile you’ve dreamed of.
Do braces hurt?
Immediately after you receive your braces, you may experience some general soreness in your mouth and gums and tenderness when you bite. If the discomfort persists, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen every 4-6 hours as directed on the package. You may also develop some contact irritations on your lips, tongue or cheeks. These irritations will disappear over time, but we provide a special wax to help alleviate discomfort. You can also use an oral pain reliever for instant relief.
The good news is that the initial discomfort doesn’t last. Within days, your mouth and teeth should feel normal!
Are my teeth loose?!
The goal of orthodontic treatment is to move teeth into their correct position. You might feel like your teeth are loose. In fact, they are on the move! Once orthodontic treatment is complete, your teeth will settle firmly into their new space.
Oops! I think I just broke my braces!
Bands and brackets occasionally come loose during treatment. If this happens, please call our office and let us know what happened. We’ll get you into the office and get your braces back on track! In the meantime, here are a few tips.
Wires: If a wire is poking you, you can gently tuck it under until we can get it fixed. This is probably something you can do yourself, but kids may need to get Mom or Dad to help.
Brackets: Once in a while, a bracket detaches. If you have a loose bracket, call us immediately! Save the bracket if it becomes completely detached, and bring in with you to your appointment. We’ll reuse it or replace it with a new bracket. If the bracket is connected to support it with a little wax until it is repaired.
Do I have to?!
The success and speed of your orthodontic treatment depends mostly on you! Follow our directions, and your orthodontic treatment will go faster and smoother. If an appliance comes loose (hey – it happens!), let us know immediately! Don’t try to fix your appliance yourself, and don’t use a broken appliance.
How can I brush my teeth with these braces?
Brushing is always important, but it’s especially important when you have braces. If you don’t take very good care of your teeth, you could do permanent damage to your teeth. (Ask us to show you the pictures.) Take time to brush each tooth, front and back. If it takes you less than two minutes to brush your teeth, you’re not doing it right! Floss. (Yes, you can.) Use a bracket brush to remove plaque from your brackets, and brush your teeth at least twice a day, and preferably after every meal.
I play sports!
You should take special precautions to protect your teeth from sports-related injuries. If you play a contact sport, we can provide a special mouth guard that works well with your braces. If you receive an injury to your face or jaw during sports, check your mouth and teeth for injury. If your teeth or braces are damaged, contact us immediately! For a serious injury to your face, mouth or teeth, you may first need to seek immediate attention from your local emergency room.
What can I eat?
For the most part, your braces won’t interfere with eating, although you may need to develop some braces-friendly eating habits. For the first few days, stick with soft foods. Throughout your treatment, avoid foods that are:
Hard – (nuts, candy, carrots, apples, corn-on-the-cob, ice)
Chewy – (bagels, hard bread)
Crunchy – (popcorn, potato chips, nacho chips)
Sticky – (soft candies, taffy, caramel, gum, jelly beans)
Non-food items (Pencils, your fingernails, toothpicks, straws)
These things are bad for your braces. You’ll find that they’re either hard to clean out, or they’re bracket-killers.
If you have any questions about caring for your braces, or taking care of your teeth , please call us at 503.252.5567 or talk to us at your next appointment!