Speech

For a day or two speech may be impaired. However, the mouth adapts quite easily and normal speech will be regained quickly.

Eating & chewing with braces

Care must be taken not to bite hard foods that may damage the appliances. Proper instructions on how to adapt in this regard will be provided when appliances are placed.

There are a few dietary adjustments that need to be made in order to protect your new braces, and ensure that your treatment goes smoothly. But don’t worry, there are still many tasty foods that you can still eat!

Discomfort

When you first get your braces on, you may feel general discomfort in your mouth and teeth may be tender when biting down for three to five days. Your cheeks, tongue, and lips may also feel sore and raw from the new hardware. The good news is that usually in two to three weeks the soft tissues toughen up and the irritation will go away. You can use the orthodontic wax on the parts that feel irritating, or a mild salt water rinse (one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, 3-4 times a day) will also help the healing. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headaches or similar pain.
Tips
  • Use over the counter pain killers.
  • Chew sugar free gum – increased blood flow and eases pain.

Oral Hygiene

Extra care in this regard is of the utmost importance. Extensive instructions to ensure oral health will be communicated and illustrated when the appliances are placed.