The adhesive used for attaching the braces to your teeth cures rapidly initially, but takes 24 hours to completely set. You can eat anytime after leaving the office. We ask that you be mindful of the suggested eating list. Also, until you become accustomed to eating with your new braces, you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of soft foods.
Initially, the braces will feel like they stick out. As you become used to them and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will disappear and you’ll find that you’ll forget that the braces are even there. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, sometimes they can irritate the sensitive cheek tissues. You may find it helpful to place a small piece of orthodontic wax over the bracket that is creating the discomfort.
Some teeth, usually the front teeth, may be tender and sensitive to pressure. Occasionally, patients report they experience no discomfort, but most have some soreness which usually begins during the first 8 hours and dissipates within a week. Exactly when the braces will stop hurting is impossible to predict. You may wish to take non-prescription pain medication commonly taken for other discomfort such as headaches.
These steps will minimize discomfort and ensure an optimal response to your treatment: