First Day In Braces

Your orthodontic journey to the perfect smile begins.

If you just got your braces on and are wondering what to expect, here are a few tips and insights that will help you get started on the path to a beautiful new smile!

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It is not uncommon for your teeth to feel tender or sore after first getting braces. We suggest taking pain relievers such as aspirin. You may take a dose of Tylenol for the first day or two – this should be more than enough to relieve any discomfort. After a few days, you should notice your discomfort decreasing every day until you feel completely normal again, the timing of which can vary from patient to patient.

Before Leaving the Office

Here are some helpful steps to follow before leaving the office to ensure your orthodontic treatment is as efficient and comfortable as possible:

  • Check your archwires with your fingers and tongue – make sure it is not poking any area which might be uncomfortable.
  • Double-check that you understand what you’re supposed to do between appointments, whether that means wearing headgear for certain amounts of the day, wearing elastics (rubber bands), or making regular adjustments to a palatal expander.
  • Refill your supplies of dental wax, elastics, cleaning aids, or any other needed materials. You don’t want to run out between appointments!
  • Be sure your next appointment is scheduled with us before you leave – this will help ensure you have more choices as to which day and/or time you’d like the appointment scheduled. Delaying making appointments puts your treatment at risk of running longer than expected.

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Orthodontic treatment is the original smile makeover tool. But did you know that orthodontics does more than just make you look better? Having straight teeth has other benefits that result in a healthier mouth and overall well being.

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At Children’s Dental Ranch, we’re proud to help families, children with special needs, and everyone in the New Braunfels, TX area achieve a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.

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To learn more about pediatric dentistry and children’s dental care, we encourage you to read our responses to some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions.