First Days in Braces

The adhesive used for attaching the braces to your teeth cures rapidly initially, but takes 24-hours to completely cure. You can eat any time after leaving our office. However, we ask that you be mindful of the suggested list of foods that may be harmful to the braces. Until you become accustomed to eating with your new braces, you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of soft foods.

Will the braces cause discomfort? Initially the braces feel like they “stick out”. This is normal. As you become accustomed to your braces and your tooth alignment improves, this sensation will disappear and will cease to be a concern. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, until the cheek tissues have “toughened”, you may find it helpful to use a small piece of dental wax around the bracket that is creating the irritation. You will probably notice some discomfort beginning a few hours after your braces are placed. Some teeth, usually the front teeth, may be “tender” and sensitive to pressure. Occasionally, patients report they experience no discomfort, but most have some soreness during the first eight hours, dissipating within the week. Exactly when the discomfort ceases is impossible to predict and differs for each patient. You may wish to take non-prescription pain remedies commonly taken for other discomforts such as headaches. For maximum effectiveness, it may be best to take such medications before the discomfort begins.

Before leaving the office, there are routine steps which we ask you complete prior to leaving. These steps will minimize discomfort related to irritation from the braces and ensure an optimal response to treatment. Please make these steps a part of each office visit:
  • Using your finger and tongue, check to see that the wire ends do not extend into areas which might poke or abrade the cheek or tongue.
  • Make sure you understand what you are to do until your next appointment. This could include wearing headgear or elastics as instructed, adjusting an expander or following specific hygiene and diet instructions.
  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of dental wax, special cleaning aids, elastic bands, or other related materials you may need between appointments.
  • Always schedule your next appointment before leaving the office. Waiting 1-2 weeks after an appointment before scheduling your next office visit complicates the scheduling process, since appointments are programmed 4-6 weeks in advance. Postponing appointments is a common contributor to overtime treatment.

Patient Testimonials

  • “I decided to do the Invisalign treatment after my daughters had such great experiences at Appletree Orthodontics. I am thrilled with my results! The entire staff is so positive, friendly, and experts at their jobs! Choosing Appletree Orthodontics is the best choice!”
    ─ Kristen
  • “They are so sweet and make the best out of each visit. They are very safe during Covid and make sure each customer is satisfied.”
    ─ Caitlin
  • “So so nice, supportive, and kind! made braces a fun and easy experience! :)”
    ─ Bridget
  • “I have just gotten my braces off after only two years. The care here is amazing and everyone is super nice. I promise if you do what they say then your teeth will be fixed. I never really liked my teeth so i am so happy to finally be confident in my smile. Thank you Apple Tree for my dream smile.”
    ─ Paige
  • “The orthodontist is all funny, great to talk to, and really sweet and kind. They make me going to the ortho appointments seem fun! At least to me. They all deserve 5 stars no matter who is working there. I'm proud to be their patient there and proudly say they're my orthodontists!!!”
    ─ Alyssa
  • “I couldn’t have asked for a better orthodontic company. They are always so gentle and caring. I never have to wait for my appointment for more than five minutes, even when I’m early. I highly recommend Apple Tree!”
    ─ Kathryn
  • “I’ve been coming here since 5th grade and haven’t had a bad experience and i just got my braces off today! everyone is so friendly and makes coming to appointments fun. would definitely recommend!”
    ─ Abby
  • “Apple Tree Orthodontic is an all around great place. The people there are fantastic. They’re always smiling always asking how your day is. I never had any bad experiences there due to the fact that they are awesome. 10/10 recommended coming here for your teeth!”
    ─ Gavin
  • “I had an amazing experience here. Everyone was so helpful and nice, and they really made sure my teeth looked 100% perfect.”
    ─ Joshua
  • “My two teens just finished up treatment and we are very happy. They both look great. The staff is awesome, friendly and knowledgeable.”
    ─ Elizabeth
  • “Three children went through braces at Apple Tree Orthodontics. We were 100% happy with the plan, communication throughout, all medical & non-medical staff, and the caring care we received over the years, Highly recommend!”
    ─ Danyelle
  • “Great experience! Got my braces on late (junior year of high school) and they were sure to work quickly and efficiently to give me the best experience possible. Couldn’t be happier with how my smile turned out!!”
    ─ Cassidy
  • “Fantastic experience. My kids love the place and the people. Great doctors and very friendly staff.”
    ─ Anand
  • “Wonderful experience with my 14 year old son! Feedback at each appointment and walked him through the whole process. Very sweet team and fantastic service!”
    ─ Sara
  • “Always very friendly and my teeth look great. I could not be happier with my experience.”
    ─ Dylan
  • “This is the definition of a family orthodontist. Calm and soothing environment making you feel right at home in this office. Fantastic service and couldn’t be better. A+”
    ─ Billy
  • “Such a fun group of people. They are sweet and accommodating. They are almost always on time and even can take you earlier occasionally. Not like other places. The best place.”
    ─ Rosemarie
  • “Great group of people. Very nice as well. Would give six stars if I could.”
    ─ Herve

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