We are proud to offer a wide variety of braces using the most state-of-the-art orthodontic technology available today. As your Smyrna orthodontics team, we are confident that we have the best method to fix every orthodontic issue based on your lifestyle and personalized needs.
Self-ligating braces hold arch wires in place without rubber bands. This new self-ligating technology provides a bracket that offers a more convenient and comfortable orthodontic treatment. These braces allow wires to move smoothly and efficiently so your orthodontic treatment requires less office visits, less discomfort and a more beautiful smile!
When wires are first applied to braces, some patients feel general soreness and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. If the tenderness is severe, take ibuprofen or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
Some braces-related soreness can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater rinse. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously.
The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how.
Eating with Braces
You will need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces. For the first day or so after your braces have been applied, stick to soft foods. After that, here are some of the main foods you will want to avoid to keep your braces in tact:
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard bread, licorice, tough meats
- Sticky foods: caramels, gummy bears, tootsie rolls
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips, raw vegetables
- Hard foods: nuts, candy
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots (cut into small pieces)
- Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.
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