First Days with Braces

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Quality Orthodontic Care From Your Local Corpus Christi Orthodontists

h-braces2.jpgAt Star Orthodontics, our orthodontists specialize in premier orthodontic care for patients in and around Corpus Christi, Texas. Our team is also committed to giving patients a wonderful experience at our orthodontic practice. We know orthodontic care varies from patient to patient, so we utilize the latest in orthodontic technology to make sure that our patients receive the most efficient, effective and affordable treatment possible. Below you will find a few tips provided by our Corpus Christ orthodontists to help you get through the next few days:

How Long Will I Be Sore?

You will usually have the most soreness on the second or third day after you get the braces on. On the fourth day, you will still have soreness, but you will feel like you have “turned the corner.” The soreness will decrease on each successive day until you feel back to normal after about one or two weeks. Soreness is a very subjective sensation. For some patients, the soreness is a minor irritation while for others it can be significant.

What Should I Do To Relieve The Soreness?

Rinsing with warm salt water is a great natural remedy to relieve soreness. Our Corpus Christi orthodontists also recommend Tylenol (acetaminophen), Advil or Motrin (ibuprofen) to help relieve soreness during the first few days. You may alternate acetaminophen and ibuprofen medication every two to three hours, or as needed for soreness. PARENTS, PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: Please pay attention to maximum daily dosages for each medication according to your child’s weight and age. Also, BE CAREFUL not to give your child both Advil and Motrin, which are both ibuprofen sold under two different brand names, as this could result in an overdose.

What If Some Of My Braces Come Loose?

Please be aware that the adhesive our Corpus Christi orthodontists use to put the braces on is designed to be temporary since braces are not meant to be permanently attached to the teeth. An occasional occurrence is that a bracket or two may come loose in the first 48 hours after the braces are placed. Don’t worry! This sometimes happens, and it is easily fixed! Call us and we will schedule an appointment to re-attach the loose brackets, or to fix any parts of your braces!

What If My Braces Are Causing Sore Spots?

Sore spots are a normal part of the braces process. Please use wax to cover the brace or wire that seems to be causing the sore spot. Our Corpus Christi orthodontists also recommend rinsing your mouth with warm salt water twice a day to relieve the soreness. If the sore spot does not go away after two or three days, or if it seems to be getting worse, then call us, so we can make you more comfortable.

A Critical Key To Success With Braces Is Proper Brushing

Please use the brushing supplies and techniques we reviewed with you, so you can clean your teeth properly several times each day. The most important time to brush is right before you go to bed. Make sure that you go to bed each night with spotlessly clean teeth and gums. Avoid foods and beverages that are high in sugar, especially sodas and sports drinks, because they will cause permanent, irreversible decay and damage to the enamel on your teeth.

Avoid Tough And Sticky Foods That Can Cause Your Braces To Come Loose

Please refer to the “No-No Food List” that you were given as a guide. As a general rule, avoid foods that are hard, sticky, chewy, gooey, and crunchy as these foods can cause loose and displaced brackets, bent wires and loose bands. Excessive damage to your brackets and appliances will cause you to have more frequent appointments and will increase your treatment time.

Contact Your Corpus Christi Orthodontists Today!

Whether you are a child, a teen or an adult seeking treatment, our orthodontists and team at Star Orthodontics are here to help you experience the benefits of braces! If you experience any problems with your new braces, we highly encourage you to call us at (361) 992-2483. Moreover, please feel free to contact our team to schedule an appointment, learn more about the types of braces we offer, and ask questions. We look forward to your visit soon!