What to Expect When First Getting Clear Braces
Published on December 11, 2019, Updated on March 11, 2020
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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