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What To Expect When First Getting Metal Braces

It’s important that our patients feel comfortable and know what to expect when getting braces put on. Having an idea of how the process works will reduce fear and allow room for understanding the aftermath. Here’s what to expect when getting braces at Speaks Orthodontics.

Day 1: Getting Them Put On

At Speaks Orthodontics, when we put regular, metal braces on your teeth, there will initially be no pain. You might feel a bit sore, but that’s just your mouth getting used to the new equipment and adjusting to the process. Steps include:

  • Drying and cleaning the teeth
  • Applying glue
  • Attaching the brackets
  • Adding the connecting wire
  • Picking a color
  • Any additional adjustments for comfort

Week 1: Adjusting To Your New Braces

This week can feel the weirdest as your mouth starts to get a little sore and mild discomfort comes about. This simply means your teeth are starting to move, aligning toward the end goal of a straight, beautiful smile. To ease pain and reduce discomfort:

  • Apply an over-the-counter anesthetic
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Apply wax to any areas poking the mouth
  • Ask your orthodontist for suggestions

Week 6-8: Time To Come In For A Follow Up

After 6-8 weeks, we’ll need to see you again to make sure everything is working and moving properly. Dependent on the severity of your orthodontic treatment, we may need to see you sooner. After each appointment, you can expect some mild soreness as your mouth continues to readjust.

By this time, you’ll be used to the feel of your braces and what to expect, but if any complications arise, please feel free to contact us.