What to Expect on Your First Day with Braces

So, you’ve decided to embark on the journey of straightening your teeth with braces. Congratulations! It’s a significant step towards achieving a beautiful, healthy smile. However, as with any new experience, the first day with braces can be a mix of anticipation, excitement, and perhaps some apprehension. But fear not; we are here to guide you through what to expect on this crucial day.

what to expect on your first day with braces

Pre-Appointment Preparation

Before you even step into your orthodontist’s office, it’s essential to be prepared. Ensure you’ve had a good meal beforehand, as you might not feel like eating immediately after getting your braces on. Also, it’s a good idea to bring along some pain relief medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as you might experience some discomfort post-application.

Application of Braces

Next comes the moment you’ve been waiting for – the application of your braces. Dr. Amanda will place a cheek retractor in your mouth to keep your teeth dry and accessible. Then, they’ll apply a special adhesive to each tooth before carefully attaching the brackets. Once the brackets are in place, they’ll thread the archwire through them and secure them with small elastic bands or ligatures.

Adjustments and Instructions

After the braces are installed, Dr. Amanda may make some adjustments to ensure everything is properly aligned. She will also provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your braces, including what foods to avoid, proper oral hygiene practices, and how to deal with any discomfort or pain.

Initial Discomfort

It’s perfectly normal to experience some discomfort or soreness in the hours and days following the application of braces. Your teeth may feel tender, and you might find it challenging to eat certain foods. This discomfort is temporary and should subside within a few days as your mouth adjusts to the braces. As you go about your day with your new braces, you may notice changes in your speech and eating habits. Don’t worry – these adjustments are entirely normal and temporary. With time, you’ll become more accustomed to speaking and eating with your braces, and any initial difficulties will diminish.

Follow-Up Appointments

Finally, be prepared for a series of follow-up appointments with Dr. Amanda. These appointments are essential for monitoring the progress of your treatment, making any necessary adjustments to your braces, and addressing any concerns or questions you may have.

At Grafton Orthodontics, we prioritize patient care and comfort above all else. Dr. Amanda and our team are committed to providing you with the highest quality orthodontic treatment tailored to your needs. We stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in orthodontic technology through ongoing education and training, ensuring you receive the most effective and efficient treatment possible. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, don’t hesitate to reach out. Schedule a complimentary consultation today by calling 262.377.8950. Let us help you achieve the smile of your dreams!