What Are The Tweaks Made?
After you get braces you will go in to your orthodontist’s clinic for follow-ups every few weeps. These follows up are used to replace the worn out power chains and rubber bands that fix your teeth and bite. Your orthodontist will make the appropriate adjustments and tweaks that will ensure your teeth are moving in the right direction. These follow-ups are very important and if you miss one be sure to re-schedule immediately. The longer you go without seeing your orthodontist, the longer you’ll be wearing your braces.
How Frequent Are The Visits?
Every 4-6 weeks, you will have to go in for a follow-up adjustment appointment.
You’ll go into your clinic and will be called upon. Once you sit in the dental chair, your orthodontist’s aides will be replacing elastic bands and power chains and even the archwire sometimes. This will take 20-30 minutes.
Is It Painful?
Not really. Because your teeth are used to them, you won’t feel any pain during the adjustment. After your appointment, you might feel and experience a bit of soreness. This is because your new elastics will be a bit tighter compared to your previous elastic. The soreness and subtle pain usually doesn’t last longer than a day. It is the new wires and tighter elastics and power chains that will be causing the discomfort. After a few adjustments, you won’t feel post follow-up soreness and pain. If you are feeling pain, the best way to deal with it is to revert back to the soft foods that you ate when you first got your braces. These include: eggs, pasta, mashed potatoes, and milkshakes.
How Long Will This Go On For?
You’ll be wearing your braces for quite a while. This means that you will be visiting your orthodontist several times over the next couple of years. How often you visit will also depend on the situation of your teeth. If they need a lot of maintenance, expect to visit your orthodontist often. Another factor is how well you’re taking care of your teeth.
What To Eat After Braces Adjustment
When you get your braces adjusted it’s not secret that you will begin to feel soreness the next morning. But what should you eat after the adjustment? Well it is important to put an emphasis on liquids. Unlike regular foods, you won’t have to bite down and that way you can avoid causing the nerves to respond to the pressure. Normally, juice becomes a good substitute to food so you can continue to get your nutrients without having to bite through hard materials. You can also make cold drinks and beverages in order to decrease the sensitivity and help relax the nerves. You can also eat soft foods depending on how sore your teeth are. Bread, thin slices of meat, and steamed vegetables are a good choice. You want to aim to eat foods that require little to no chewing.
Candy, steak, and uncooked vegetables van be very difficult to eat. Try to create a list of foods that you can eat and can’t because of soreness. Personalize this list as much as possible. Since every individual is different, some find foods like cooked vegetables difficult while others don’t. As treatment progresses, both the strength and duration of the soreness will decrease. This means that the more difficult foods can becomes easier to eat, of course this will vary across all individuals depending on pain tolerance. Keep in mind that harder foods are more likely to damage your brackets and wires; this can lead to more visits to the orthodontist. Be sure to make sure your meals are soft especially early on or you will continually get aggravated.