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Life with Braces

            Your life should not change dramatically just because you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. But you should try to learn more about life with braces before you get them on? What can/shouldn’t you eat? What to do when something breaks?


            Our Appliances page shows the different types of appliances that are available.  Not all appliances may be an option for your particular situation.  After your initial consultation, your Orthodontist  will be able to tell you what options are best suited for you.  Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page entertains many questions in regards to planning for braces, what life will be like while wearing an orthodontic appliance, and what typically can be done in case of any emergencies.


            When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the salt water).


             If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever, such as Tylenol.  Pain relievers that contain ibuprofen can actually block the tooth movement (the purpose of the braces!) and are not recommended.


             It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they become used to the braces. We would be happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some more wax, please let us know!


            Remember – If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to call the office!  You can call the main number 201-714-9800, email us at, or leave us a message using our Contact Us page.


Life with braces
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