Discomfort experienced varies from person to person. When the brace is first fitted it is usual to experience mild discomfort for a few days of treatment and after some subsequent adjustments. There are several things you can do to minimise this problem. Eat soft foods for the first few days. Use a warm saltwater rinse as needed. Consider taking over the counter analgesics such as ibuprofen as needed. Use orthodontic wax to reduce irritation in your mouth.
For the 1st few days it is advisable to stick with soft foods like pasta, eggs, oatmeal, soups and smoothies. Cutting your food into small pieces before eating will also help. Hard, crunchy foods, sticky, chewy foods should be avoided as much as possible when wearing fixed braces. These food types could cause damage or become stuck in your appliance.
It is important to eat a healthy, well balanced diet, including plenty of fruits and vegetables. Even if some foods are hard and crunchy – an apple for instance – you can cut them into small pieces or grate them. And remember, unless you can brush immediately afterwards sugary foods and drinks should be avoided.
By actively taking part in your treatment, you, your orthodontist and staff will develop a mutual confidence and together you will advance step-by-step towards your ultimate goal… A beautifully healthy smile.