1. Icepack – Ice packs is the best braces pain remedy. This is very obvious. Cold temperatures can reduce inflammation and numb the nerve endings in your oral cavity, thereby allowing you not to feel pain anymore. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work well with a heartbreak! It is strongly recommended to have an ice pack or a gel ice pack handy with you.
How long will my teeth hurt after braces are put on?
Mild pain or discomfort is a normal side effect of wearing braces, But you should only feel the discomfort immediately after your orthodontist places or adjusts your braces or wires. The discomfort typically disappears within four days, and braces pain rarely lasts longer than a week.
Do braces hurt the first week?
1. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever right before your bonding appointment. – Though you should never feel severe braces pain the first week, or at any point during your treatment, your teeth will be a little tender and achy an hour or two after you get your braces put on.
- You might also have some tenderness after adjustments.
- This just means your braces are working to shift your teeth into place.
- The initial discomfort lasts less than a week and, after adjustments, only a day or two.
- You can get a head start on sensitivity by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever (whatever you’d normally take for a headache) right before your bonding appointment.
This way, it will kick in by the time your braces exert any pressure on your teeth. You can continue to take an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed during the few days after first getting braces. If you experience significant braces pain the first week, and it doesn’t respond to pain relief efforts, give our office a call!
Does ice cream help with braces pain?
Braces hurt when you chew because they are pulling and pushing your teeth. You can ease the discomfort by drinking ice water or milk. Eating cold treats like ice cream or frozen yogurt can also help you deal with soreness.
What stage of braces hurts the most?
Do Braces Hurt/What to Expect One of the most commonly asked questions about braces is whether placing them causes any pain or discomfort. The honest answer is that braces do not hurt at all when they are applied to the teeth, so there is no reason to be anxious about the placement appointment.
There will be mild soreness or discomfort after the orthodontic wire is engaged into the newly placed brackets, which may last for a few days to a week. Most patients experience some discomfort the first 4 days to a week after their braces, expanders, and/or wires are placed and after a wire adjustment and/or an activation appointment.
Your lips and cheeks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth. All the appliances and wires that we use are cutting-edge, and exert very light, continuous, and biologically sound forces that greatly decrease any soreness associated with orthodontic treatment.
Does eating with braces get easier?
Your First Week In Braces – The adhesive used for attaching the braces to your teeth dries on the outside quite quickly, but will take 24 hours to fully set. You can eat any time after leaving our office; however, we ask that you pay attention to the that can be harmful to the braces (and your teeth).
Until you get used to eating with your new braces it may be best to start on a diet of softer foods. The easiest foods to eat with braces are things like yogurt, pudding, seedless bread, boiled vegetables, pasta, or thin soups. We will provide and show you how to use dental wax to apply over the braces as necessary.
This wax/silicone creates a smooth surface and alleviates irritation on the inner cheeks and lips. Additionally, over-the-counter pain medication (ibuprofen ie. Motrin and Advil usually works best if no allergies exisit) and may be taken as directed in combination with a rigorous regiment of salt water rinses to relieve the soreness.
How long do braces usually take?
How Long Do I Have to Wear Braces My patients usually ask this question during the initial consultation. Adults are especially concerned about the amount of time they need to wear braces. On average, it takes about 24 months to complete an orthodontic treatment.
Some patients require less than 12 months, but there are also patients requiring up to 3 years of treatment before their teeth reach the desired position. Orthodontics is not a one-size-fits-all solution and each patient’s mouth is unique. So, while I cannot tell you with certainty the exact duration of treatment for your specific case, I can explain to you the factors that influence the amount of time you’ll need to wear dental braces.
Patients requiring orthodontic treatment now have several options. There’s conventional metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear braces. Metal braces are made from stainless steel, making this system very strong and robust. Ceramic braces and clear aligners, on the other hand, look nicer than metal braces Young patients (teens and children) tend to get results faster than adults because their jaws are still growing, making the teeth easier to manipulate.
This doesn’t mean all adults need to wear braces for two years or more. There are other factors that affect the length of treatment. Another crucial factor is the severity of your orthodontic issue. Mild spacing/crowding can be fixed in a year or less, while severe cases could take much longer. An orthodontic patient needs to follow all instructions provided by his or her orthodontist to ensure a successful treatment.
That includes maintaining proper oral hygiene, keeping your dental appointments and use your orthodontic appliance as directed. Is It Possible to Reduce the Amount of Time Needed to Wear Braces? Yes. Here at The Brace Place, we are happy to offer Propel technology to our patients.
Propel helps teeth move faster into their desired position resulting in significantly reduced treatment times. Whether patients choose traditional braces or clear aligners like Invisalign, this innovative technology ensures that the treatment is effective and fast. Other treatments that reduce treatment time include Acceledent and Vpro AcceleDent and Vpro utilize cyclic force and soft pulse technology to move the teeth.
Final Thoughts The only way to determine how long you’ll need orthodontic treatment is to consult an orthodontist. We will take pictures and X-rays of your mouth and create a custom treatment plan for you. We will also discuss accelerated options so you can have the smile you’ve always wanted in the shortest time possible.
How long after braces can I eat?
General guidelines following placement of your braces: –
- The adhesive we use to secure the brackets to your teeth will dry very quickly but can take up to 24 hours to fully set. It is fine to eat right after you leave our office. However, we recommend that you stick with softer foods for the first few days as you get used to eating with your new braces.
- There are some foods that are never okay to eat while wearing braces. Please avoid eating hard or sticky foods during your orthodontic treatment, and never chew on ice as it can damage both your teeth in addition to your braces. These foods can damage your braces, causing you to need additional appointments and potentially extending your overall treatment time. Be sure to follow all guidelines you receive from our office.
- If spots on your cheek become particularly irritated, you can place dental wax over the bracket in the area to allow the tissue to heal.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day – after breakfast and after dinner. For the first few days, check your braces in the mirror after brushing to ensure that you have removed all food particles. For a child with braces, it can be helpful for an adult to check the braces after the child brushes just to make sure that the braces have been cleaned thoroughly. There may be one or two spots that the child might frequently miss, and if these are identified right away, the child can develop good, thorough brushing habits from the start.
- Most patients are only sore for a few days following placement of braces and do not need medication for pain. If soreness is a problem, however, you can take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (such as Advil or Motrin) as long as you do not have any allergies to these types of medicine. Please check with your physician if you have special needs or if there are other medications that need to be taken into consideration.
What can I eat on the first day of braces?
The Day Your Braces Are Placed – You should feel little to no pain when your braces are initially placed onto your teeth. However, after the first few hours, you may experience some discomfort. You will have to get used to wearing braces and learn how to chew with them.
Is ice or heat better for braces?
Over-the-Counter Pain Medicine – If the above braces pain relief methods don’t work, over-the-counter pain medicine is available. If you’re prone to pain, sometimes taking medicine before your appointment will help reduce swelling. Be sure to follow the recommended dosages for your body size and age. If you have questions about which pain medication to take, ask your orthodontist first!
What does the first week of braces feel like?
At Houston Orthodontic Specialists, we’re all about using the most up-to-date, high-tech treatment options to ensure your experience in braces or Invisalign® is as quick, effective and painless as possible. While we’ll help you breeze right through treatment and soon you’ll forget you’re even wearing braces, there is an adjustment period.
Get a Head Start on First Day Braces Discomfort
Patients often ask, do braces hurt? The answer is, no, they do not. While you may experience some minor discomfort, you won’t feel any actual braces pain. The sensitivity is mild and goes away in a few days. You can get a jump on this by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever right before your bonding appointment or prior to adjustments.
Stock Up on Braces-Friendly Food and Drinks
We’ll fill you in on what to eat with braces the first week and beyond at your consultation. Your first day with braces or even your first several days, your teeth will be sensitive as we said, so sticking with soft foods and cold drinks is your best bet.
- Things like mashed potatoes, smoothies, applesauce, soup, pudding, yogurt, ice cream and ice water are great options.
- Cold beverages have the added bonus of numbing your mouth.
- Once you are acclimated to your braces, you can go back to eating most of the foods you love.
- However, you will want to avoid really hard, sticky or chewy foods like caramel, toffee, popcorn, hard bagels, tough meats, nuts and pizza crust or anything that can damage your braces.
You also shouldn’t bite or tear directly into foods like raw apples and carrots or corn on the cob. Instead, strip corn off the cob and cut foods into small, bite-sized pieces and chew with your back teeth. Once you’re back into the swing of eating your normal fare, here are some of the best foods we typically recommend to our Houston, TX braces patients: o Soft breads such as sandwich breads, pancakes and tortillas o Soft cheese, yogurt, ice cream and other dairy o Pasta and grains, including quinoa, rice, couscous, barley and noodles o Steamed veggies o Fork-tender meats o Peanut butter o Stew and soup o Fruit cups o Applesauce o Ripe fruits o Fish sticks or soft-cooked fish o Hummus o Egg salad, tuna salad and chicken salad o Pudding o Tofu o Guacamole o Beans o Cold drinks such as smoothies, milkshakes and ice water
Embrace Salt Water Rinses and Orthodontic Relief Wax
During your first week with braces, you may experience some irritation on the inside of your lips and cheeks. Your mouth will toughen up and after a while, your brackets and wires won’t bother you anymore. During the acclimation period, you can relieve the irritation with a salt water rinse,
Become a Pro at Brushing and Flossing with Braces
One of the things that will feel the strangest during your first week with braces is brushing and flossing around the brackets and wires. Just as with everything else, we promise you will quickly get used to it. We’ll show you how to brush and floss correctly but here are some basic tips for braces wearers: o Brush your teeth in the morning, after meals and snacks and before bed for at least three minutes each session using a non-whitening, fluoride toothpaste.
- If you’re out and about and you forget to bring your toothbrush, simply rinse your mouth out well before eating and then brush as soon as you get home.
- O Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and moderate pressure, tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle and brush along the top and bottom of your brackets.
- Be sure to give your gum line plenty of attention too.
Get all of the surfaces of each and every tooth and behind your molars. o Floss once daily. You may find an orthodontic flosser or a floss threader makes the process a whole lot easier, especially during those first days with braces. Get in between any set of teeth and floss up and down the side of each tooth all the way up to your gums before moving on to the next set of teeth.
Don’t Panic if Your Teeth Feel Loose
A little known fact about braces is that your teeth can feel loose during treatment. We know this can cause patients to panic! Don’t worry though; your teeth won’t fall out. It’s actually completely normal. The teeth have to loosen in order to move into their new positions. When your treatment is over, they’ll lock into place.
Learn How to Handle Braces Emergencies
First, we have to say, a true braces emergency is extremely rare. However there can be some minor discomforts and mishaps. Knowing how to handle them at home can help you feel more confident during those first days in braces and throughout your entire treatment.
Here are a few common ones: o Soreness – As we mentioned earlier, your teeth can feel sore after you first get your braces on and following adjustments. Again, sticking with soft foods and cold drinks will work wonders. You can also use a saltwater rinse or an over-the-counter pain reliever if you’re still uncomfortable.
o Broken or Loose Braces Bracket – If your braces bracket is still attached to the wire, don’t take it off. Gently push it back to its correct place and then cover it with a small piece of orthodontic wax. If the bracket breaks and comes off of your wire, wrap a piece of tissue around it and take it out of your mouth.
Be sure to give our office a call so we can schedule you for an appointment to fix it. o Poking Wire – Before you leave your bonding appointment, we’ll make sure no wires are poking you. However, sometimes when a bracket is loose or breaks, you can be left with a long piece of wire that pokes into your cheek.
If that’s the case, gently use the eraser end of a pencil or a clean cotton swab to push it out of the way and against the nearest tooth. Dry it off with some tissue and then cover it in orthodontic wax before giving us a call.
Don’t Forget Your Mouthguard
If you are an athlete, wearing a mouthguard is essential when you’re playing sports or doing any physical activity with a risk of injury to the face. It should be part of your routine all of the time but it’s especially important when you’re wearing braces.
Focus on Those End Results!
On your first day with braces, your appliance will feel a little weird. After all, your tongue and lips aren’t used to sharing space with brackets and wires. You may also feel as if you look different or like your braces are sticking out. We promise, you’ll acclimate to your braces quickly and you’ll barely notice them after a while.
If you feel discouraged, focus on the end result and think about how amazing your smile will look when you’re done. Now that you know what to expect, if you’re interested in braces in Houston or Bellaire, book a consultation at Houston Orthodontic Specialists today! We offer a variety of braces options, including conventional metal and clear braces, self-ligating metal and clear braces and lingual braces.
We’re also a Diamond Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen provider. We’ll help you decide on the best option for your needs so you can get a healthy, beautiful smile you love.
What does the first day of braces feel like?
what to expect WHEN YOU FIRST GET YOUR BRACES – Day 1: Having the braces placed on your teeth is not painful. But as your teeth begin to move, they typically will become sore. The soreness you experience is not a sharp pain, but rather a dull ache that typically lasts not more than 2 or 3 days.
- Dr. DiGiovanni recommends: Day 2 and 3: The first morning your teeth will typically feel the most discomfort.
- What you’re feeling is your teeth starting to move and they may feel loose.
- IMPORTANT: Day 5: By day 5 you should be more use to speaking and eating with braces.
- While avoiding hard and/or sticky foods, you should be able to resume your normal diet and should not need to be taking any pain meds.
In-between office Visits: After the first week tooth pain should be gone but at times your braces may irritate your lips, cheeks or gums. Your next visit: Your visits will be scheduled anywhere in 4-8 week intervals and most visits will be 20-30 minutes in duration.
- Most visits you will not experience discomfort like the first visit.
- HANG IN THERE! Your first week in braces is the worst week in braces.
- We promise you will get use to them and it will be well worth it.
- If you ever have any concerns don’t hesitate to contact our office.
- We are here to help! WELCOME TO OUR OFFICE.
WE ARE SO HAPPY TO INCLUDE YOU IN OUR FAMILY OF PATIENTS.
What should you avoid in the first week of braces?
Foods to Avoid During the First Week of Braces – Some foods that have the potential to aggravate any discomfort you’re feeling from your new braces include chewy bread (think a crusty sourdough or French baguette), certain meats, jerky, fruit leather, apples, carrots, celery, and crunchy chips. Again—use your comfort level as your guide.
What to expect first few days of braces?
Two To Three Days Following Placement – The first two to three days after your braces are placed may be a bit uncomfortable. As your teeth begin to shift, you will feel the pressure of the arch wire and brackets. We will give you wax so that you can apply it to your braces and relieve irritation on the lips and inner cheeks.