You can eat anytime 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 new braces, you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of soft food.
Will the braces cause discomfort?
Initially the braces feel like they “stick out”. This is normal. As you become accustomed to your braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will cease to be a concern. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, until the cheek tissues have “toughened”, you may find it helpful to use a small piece of orthodontic wax around the bracket that is creating the irritation. If your supply of wax runs out, call our office for more. The wax may 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 “tender” and sensitive to pressure. Occasionally, patients report that they experience no discomfort, but most patients have some soreness beginning during the first eight hours and dissipating in 2 – 7 days. Exactly when the discomfort ceases is impossible to predict and differs with each patient. Non-prescription pain remedies are recommended for discomfort. For maximum effectiveness, it may be best to take such medications before the discomfort begins.