Will the braces stay on if I eat?
The adhesive used for attaching the braces to your teeth takes about 24 hours to completely harden. You can eat after leaving our office however we ask that you be mindful of the suggested eating list for food that may be harmful to braces. Until you become accustomed to eating with your braces, you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of soft foods.
Will the braces cause discomfort?
Initially the braces feel like they “stick out” and it may be difficult to get your lips around them. This is normal. As you become used to the braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will improve. Although the braces have been rounded and smoothed you may experience occasional canker sores forming in your mouth until the tissue in your mouth has a chance to toughen.
For the first few weeks a small amount of orthodontic wax pressed into the bothersome bracket will bring relief. Please do not hesitate to ask us for more but if you are away from the office the wax can also be purchased at a local drug store.
You may notice some discomfort beginning a few hours after your braces are placed. Some teeth, usually the front teeth, may be sore and sensitive to pressure. For most patients the tenderness goes away after a few days.