Clear Braces

What to Expect When First Getting Clear Braces

It’s normal to get anxious at the thought of acquiring braces. However, if you have an idea of what to expect, then you wouldn’t feel that scared. Here are some of the things that you can expect when getting clear braces:

  • Expect slight pain a few hours after installation. After the clear braces are placed on the patient’s teeth, it is expected that mild pain can be felt. This pain will last for at least a couple of days. The pain can also occur after the re-adjustment procedure. Nothing to worry about because you can always take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease the pain.
  • There is a possibility of having sores on the lips and gums for the first few days. The reason why the mouth may develop sores is because the mouth is still adjusting from the wires and brackets that are installed on it. To help ease the pain, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Patients can also apply dental wax to their mouth to prevent it from getting irritated.
  • The teeth might feel a little loose. It’s normal to feel like your teeth are a little bit loose because they are being shifted into position. In order for the teeth to move, they need to be loosened up. Don’t worry because once they’re in the right position, and the braces have been removed, your teeth will be back to normal – sturdy as ever.
  • There will be restrictions on your diet. During the first few days, the patient is required to eat only soft foods. An example of these are mashed potatoes, cheese, lunchmeat, and yogurt. In addition, sandwiches are not recommended because although they are soft, they are quite sticky and can be difficult to chew at times.
  • Avoid eating foods that could get stuck in your braces. An example of these are popcorn, caramel, and soft candies. Furthermore, hard-to-chew foods like carrots and nuts should also be avoided because they could damage the braces.
  • Patients are expected to see their dentist regularly for checkups. Once the braces have been installed, your dentist will tell you to visit him or her every 8 to 10 weeks. Doing this will ensure that the patient’s teeth are properly adjusted. Plus, regular checkups will prevent dental issues from turning into a bigger problem. During your visits, you can ask your dentist about any concerns that you may have. If you’re feeling any pain, you can also report it to your doctor. Moreover, make sure to stock up on dental wax, rubber bands, and cleaning tools while you are there. It’s good to buy a couple of the essentials so you won’t run out of them.
  • No restrictions on regular activities. A common misconception most people have is that when you’re wearing braces, you are restricted in doing certain activities and that includes sports. The truth is, you can still play sports as you normally do. Just remember to use a mouth guard to protect it from getting damaged. Additionally, if you’re playing a musical instrument, more specifically, those wind-type instruments like a saxophone, clarinet or a tuba, then you might need some time to get used to the feeling of having braces in your mouth.
  • You need to wear your braces for at least one to two years. The standard treatment duration for both traditional and clear braces is at least one to two years. If the treatment is minimal, patients can expect to have it removed much faster. However, if the patient’s condition is complicated, then it’ll take some time before the dentist can take it off. The treatment can last up to two years.
  • The procedure is completely painless. The entire procedure of getting clear braces is practically painless. In fact, you can expect to go out of the clinic with no pain or discomfort. That is all thanks to the anesthesia used during the treatment.
  • Expect a Great Smile. Once the treatment is over, you can expect excellent results. You’ll be confident and happy. Plus, you’ll definitely love your new look without the braces. It’s not surprising if you’ll look much younger than you did before you had your braces.

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December 11th, 2019|

Importance of Wearing Your Elastics for Braces

Wearing rubber bands is a critical part of your Orthodontic treatment. If it wasn’t, the doctor would not be asking you to wear them 24 hours of the day. Listed below are a few major reasons you need to wear your bands.

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What is the purpose of rubber bands on braces?

Rubber bands are used for people who generally have an over or under bite that needs correcting in order for the bite to fit together well. If you are not wearing your bands well this could potentially extend your treatment time.

Will wearing rubber bands hurt?

Starting your rubber bands will be a new adjustment for your teeth and jaw. You may become a bit sore for a few days but if you take them off to “give your mouth a break,” this may just continue the discomfort. Remember the more you wear them the more you will get used to them.

How often should you need to wear them?

Braces Elastics You need to wear your rubber bands 24/7 unless instructed differently by the doctor. The only reasons you should be taking the rubber bands out is to eat if you are unable to eat with them on, brushing and flossing your teeth and putting a new set on.

If you lose your bands it’s no problem! All you need to do is come into the office immediately for a new pack. The longer you go without them, the longer you will be in treatment for. Make sure you are using the correct bands. Borrowing a friend’s or improvising with your own could negatively hurt treatment if they are not the correct set.

If you have any further questions regarding your bands, you can contact the office of orthodontist T.C. Hardy in Fort Collins at (970) 344-4295 or This is a team effort, we will do our part to make sure you have a perfect bite, beautiful smile and are happy with the outcome of your treatment. All we need you to do is wear your rubber bands!

May 18th, 2016|

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