What You Need to Know About Getting Braces

When the time comes for you to get braces in Roy, UT, don’t be surprised by the number of questions you’ll have for our team at Dr. Carr Orthodontics. Getting braces can be an exciting time, but it can also cause anxiety and uncertainty if you don’t know what to expect. Having your braces put on is only the first step in a long adventure that will eventually lead to enjoying a great-looking smile for a lifetime.

To help you better understand what to expect, here are some answers to a few of the most common questions we hear asked from patients.

How long does it take to have my braces put on?

While the procedure can vary by patient and by the type of braces, it typically takes between 1 to 2 hours to complete.

What will Dr. Carr do during the process?

First, Dr. Carr will thoroughly clean and dry your teeth. Next, he will gently apply the bonding resin to the surface of your teeth before placing the brackets of your braces into position. The resin may taste a little funny, but it’s completely harmless. Finally, Dr. Carr will place the archwire in the brackets and secure them with elastic bands.

Does getting braces hurt, and for how long?

While the process of having your braces placed is painless, your teeth and mouth will be a little sore afterward. Expect to experience some level of discomfort for about a week following the placement.

How can I deal with any discomfort?

Here are a few tips on how to deal with any pain or discomfort you might experience following the placement of your braces:

  • Eat only soft foods like mashed potatoes, applesauce, mac and cheese, etc. for the first two days.
  • If necessary, use an over-the-counter pain relieve like Tylenol or Advil to help alleviate any discomfort.
  • Apply an orthodontic wax to any wires or brackets that poke your gums or cheeks to prevent any oral sores from developing. Use as much wax as needed until you feel comfortable. To apply the wax, simply squeeze it between your fingers and gently press it on to the brackets or wires that are causing your discomfort.
  • Avoid sucking or touching your teeth with your tongue or fingers. Because your teeth are already sensitive, touching or sucking on them will only cause you more discomfort.
  • Avoid consuming acid beverages or foods like tomato sauce or orange juice, as these types of foods will only cause more irritation of any oral sores.
  • You may develop oral sores by inadvertently biting the inside of your cheek while you get used to your braces. Fortunately, these types of sores will heal quickly, and the problem should go away on its own once your mouth toughens up.
  • Your gums and lips may also develop sores since they are not yet used to the rough texture of your braces. To prevent this issue, try using a solution of warm salt water to help ease any irritation.
  • Always keep in mind that things will get better in time. Once your mouth has gotten used to your braces, any irritation or discomfort you experience should go away. It gets easier from here. We promise.

How long does it take to get used to wearing braces?

Most of our patients who get braces in Roy, UT feel completely comfortable after about a month. After about six months, most patients completely forget they’re even wearing braces. While you may experience some discomfort following adjustments made by Dr. Carr, your mouth will recover far more quickly than during this initial period of adjustment.