Before getting braces put on, however, here’s what you can expect.
Assuming you haven’t chosen Invisalign® clear aligners or lingual braces to straighten your smile, most bonding appointments follow the same steps. You can expect the entire application of braces to take 1-2 hours to complete so if you’d like to bring headphones along to pass the time, that’s fine!
You shouldn’t feel any pain while we put on your braces. Some pressure, sure, but nothing during the process should cause noticeable discomfort. Generally, it isn’t until about an hour or two after your appointment that you’ll feel tenderness.
Not every patient is the same, however, and some may only notice this when eating. If at any point in the braces procedure you do experience a heightened level of sensitivity or pain, please do not hesitate to let our staff know. We will always do our best to minimize any discomfort and make sure you have an enjoyable time in the chair.
It’s totally normal to have some soreness after getting braces. Think about it: your mouth is still adjusting to having brackets and wires involved! Fortunately, there are ways to get through the first few days of having braces on.
If you’re experiencing a mild headache or some jaw discomfort, we recommend trying an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen. Brands like Advil, Tylenol, or Aleve will work just fine. For numbing certain tender areas in the mouth, an oral anesthetic like Orajel can help.
Dr. Miller also recommends that you go easy for those initial days following your visit and only choose foods that are easier to chew. Below are some good choices:
Once your teeth and gums aren’t so tender, you can go back to eating more normal, braces-friendly foods. Have questions during this stage? Feel free to ask our Grand Rapids orthodontics office and we’ll guide you through whatever issue you encounter.
The process of getting braces can be exciting! After all, you’re one step closer to your best smile. Our orthodontists in Grand Rapids, MI, take pride in helping each patient, whether adults or children, improve their oral health and feel confident. Call Miller Orthodontics at (616) 942-9320 today to request an appointment.