What To Expect

What to expect when you have appliances or braces placed!

Appliances

Plan to have a snack after the appointment, the glues don’t taste great, so it is nice to take the taste out of your mouth - an icecream is usually good as it's easy to swallow!

For the next few days after the appliance is fitted, expect:

TO HAVE A LOT OF SALIVA IN THE MOUTH - when anything goes in the mouth the brain thinks it needs to make saliva to swallow;
THAT THE ‘TH’ AND ‘S’ WORDS WILL BE DIFFICULT TO SAY - you might lisp, and practicing these will help;
TAKE SMALLER BITES AND AMOUNTS OF FOOD INTO THE MOUTH - you have reduced room in there! And it will feel like your going to choke if you take too much;
IF FOOD GETS CAUGHT in the appliance, excuse yourself from company - and rinse, use finger or toothbrush to remove;
Please have on hand some mild analgesics (Aspirin, Panadol etc) for settling, especially at night - until you're used to the appliance - generally 2-3 days.

Braces

Your appointment to have braces placed is a long appointment:

Please have a normal meal beforehand;
Please allow us time to show you how to look after your braces when the appointment is complete;
Plan to have something to eat when you leave the surgery (while still comfortable);
Expect some discomfort for several days, this usually starts approximately 2 to 3 hours after the braces are placed and can take 3 days - a week to subside;
Plan to eat soft foods for a few days, eg:
SOUP, PASTA, CUSTARD, SMOOTHIES, YOGHURT, STEWED FRUIT, ICECREAM, JELLY ETC; you will not usually feel like eating anything very chewy for awhile;
Please have on hand some mild analgesics for pain relief: Aspirin, Panadol, Nurofen (if not an asthmatic) etc.

Invisalign

Invisalign is generally easier to get used to, because the trays can be removed for eating and cleaning, which are the hardest part of getting used to fixed appliances - however, there will be a considerable adjustment.

The trays may feel like they do not fit, or perhaps the dentist gave you the wrong trays. Rest assured, they are yours. They feel as though they do not fit because technically they don’t. The tray is shaped to the pattern your teeth should be in after the two-week treatment period, not the pattern they are in now. With that in mind, do not panic if they do not fit just right. There is also going to be some pain or general discomfort the first few days of a new tray. Taking a couple of aspirin will help with pain. As they continue to move your teeth, they seem to fit more comfortably at the end of the two-week period. Don’t get too comfortable, it’s time to change your tray.

In some cases, a tooth may need a little extra persuasion to turn or move. The tooth will then receive an “attachment.” This is a small dot of dental bonding material placed on the tooth to provide an extra pressure point for a better fitting tray. While these attachments are not entirely invisible, they are not glaringly obvious either. After a day or two, you won’t even notice them, and the only time you will feel them is when you do not have your trays in.

You may also experience some disruption to your speech pattern. It is not uncommon to experience a slight lisp while you are getting used to having the trays in. This is easily overcome by practicing. Work on certain sounds while driving or alone in front of the mirror.

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