Comprehensive Orthodontic Care In Birmingham, AL

Backus Smiles is the premier provider of orthodontic care in Birmingham, AL. The experienced Dr. Dominique Backus and her friendly team offer quality orthodontic treatments, including Incognito braces and Clarity braces. We use the latest state-of-the-art technology to effectively straighten your teeth and improve your oral health. In general, braces do not hurt and you can expect to have a positive orthodontic experience with us at our caring and fun offices in Birmingham and Sylacauga.

Please read the below information to learn more about your first day in braces.

The Day Your Braces Are Placed

You should feel little to no pain when your braces are initially placed onto your teeth. However, after the first few hours, you may experience some discomfort. You will have to get used to wearing braces and learn how to chew with them. For the first few days after brace placement, we recommend that you avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods. Instead, eat mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, yogurt, soups, etc.; softer foods that will not add to your discomfort.

Two To Three Days Following Placement

The first two to three days after your braces are placed may be a bit uncomfortable. As your teeth begin to shift, you will feel the pressure of the arch wire and brackets. We will give you wax so that you can apply it to your braces and relieve irritation on the lips and inner cheeks. Additionally, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol can ease the discomfort. Remember to follow the dosage guidelines on the product. Salt-water rinses can also bring you relief.

Five Days After Placement

Within a week you should be experiencing no discomfort, or at least only a minimal amount. At this time, you should be used to wearing the braces and eating with less difficulty. Though it still may be hard for you to chew some foods, you should be able to resume a normal diet at this point. Make sure to avoid foods that could damage your braces, including ice, nuts, hard chips, hard or sticky candy, popcorn, and whole apples and bagels.

Regular Appointments

We regularly schedule appointments to monitor your progress during treatment. At these appointments, we change the archwire and elastics and also make adjustments to your braces. We apply gentle pressure to move teeth into proper alignment. These gentle activations may make you feel a slight discomfort during the first couple of days after an adjustment or when a new wire has been placed. Please remember that the pain is only temporary; the discomfort will eventually subside.

Dealing With Soreness/Pain

Remember, all pain and/or discomfort associated with your braces is temporary and can be managed. Over-the-counter pain medications and wax can relieve any soreness after your braces are placed and following any adjustments. We recommend you take the pain relievers before you feel any pain, and continue taking it every few hours (please follow the dosage guidelines on the product). Salt-water rinses (6-12 times a day) can also bring relief.

Schedule An Appointment With Backus Smiles Today!

At Backus Smiles, we strive to provide quality comprehensive orthodontic services to children, teens, and adults in and around Birmingham and Sylacauga, AL. Please contact us at (205) 879-0557 for more information on braces or fill out our online application form to easily schedule an appointment. We work hard help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of!