Braces consist of brackets glued to the outer surface of teeth and bands that are cemented around the molar teeth. At Smiling Wide Orthodontics, the upper front braces are clear. These are joined together by wires that provide forces to move the teeth into their correct positions. Other forces may need to be applied through elastics, headgear, or combination fixed expansion or functional appliances.
Clear and coloured options are available at no extra charge. Please ask our friendly staff to explain these options to you.
Forces from the wire cause initial tooth soreness, which usually starts 3-6 hours after the braces are attached. This soreness is worse for the first 48 hours, after which, the tenderness on closing and biting slowly disappears.
To minimise discomfort during this period, we suggest a normal diet. You should cut your food up finely and chew carefully. Chewing sugar-free gum also greatly assists during the first few days. Pain relief tablets such as Panadol and Nurofen can be taken with food, if required.
Do not worry as things will quickly improve and this will be the hardest stage of your orthodontics.