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10011 Centennial Pkwy. Suite 240
Sandy, UT 84070
(801) 255-9000

240 East 1300 South
Orem, UT 84058
(801) 227-0600

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F: 9 AM - 1 PM

Life With Braces

Comfort Concerns

Your braces will be attached quickly and easily to your teeth. You may find it easier to eat soft foods for the first few days while you are becoming accustomed to eating with your new braces.

The braces may feel a little awkward at first and the teeth may be tender or sensitive to pressure. This is completely normal and will go away soon. It may feel as though the braces are “sticking out,” but this sensation will also soon pass. Small pieces of orthodontic wax may be used if the braces irritate cheek tissues. Some patients choose to take over the counter pain relievers the first day of treatment to lessen the discomfort. With many new advances in orthodontic treatment, braces are more comfortable than ever before.

Eating Right

To achieve orthodontic treatment goals with as few disruptions as possible, a braces-friendly diet is important to prevent emergencies and extended treatment time. Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. Eating the wrong foods may cause problems which will result in extra visits for repairs and will extend the length of treatment. Patients should brush, floss and rinse their mouth regularly between meals.