The dentist, an important step when we want to straighten our teeth. Although most patients fear that mounting the dental appliance is the most painful part of orthodontic treatment, in reality the difficult stage takes place in the first few days after the adaptation period.
Ms. Mihaela Dan, a orthodontist at Orto-Implant Expert Clinic, assures that there can be no pain, but rather a discomfort that can be overcome with the help of small tricks and which will disappear anyway we get used to wearing the device.
The road to a perfect smile can be a bit difficult at first, but the thought of the final destination and the right information that will prepare us for what will follow will help us get over the inconveniences of the fixation period with the fixed dental appliance. Here are some situations that may occur and how they can be overcome:
The dental device, a new road. The strange feeling that they do not get their lips to close their mouth – the first thing the patient feels after the dental appliance is the brackets over which the lip can not stretch to cover them.
"In this case, all we can do is have patience for a few days, because our lips and cheeks have very high elasticity and they will get used very easily to bypass brackets. A plus is that the lips, pushed forward, look bigger and more appealing, "says Dr. Mihaela Dan.
Discomfort / Toothache – Although many people expect pain from the time the dental appliance is applied to the cabinet, this stage is not at all painful. But after a few hours at home, we can expect discomfort or even pain when we touch our teeth.
"Taking an anti-inflammatory / anti-allergic will reduce this discomfort. We can eat right after the dental appliance, but in the early days a diet based on soft foods is recommended: pasta, no-fat bread, soft vegetables, pudding, cream soups, yogurt, etc. After about 3-4 days, any initial discomfort associated with the dental appliance should disappear or improve visibly, so we can include more solid foods on the list. Throughout the course of treatment, foods that can bind wire or loose brackets can be avoided: harsh foods such as hazelnuts, corn popcorn, carrots, olives, crispy toasted bread, hard chips, and sticky (caramels, jellies, etc.), "says the orthodontist.
Lesions in the lips and cheeks – although the brackets are well polished, small wound damage may occur in the wounds caused by the wires. The image may also be scratched sometimes during treatment as the teeth move when the end of the wire can get out of the last bracket.
"If such a situation occurs we can save the dental wax applied to the bracket or the end of the spring. If the problem does not go away, it may be necessary to visit the wire shortening cabinet, and in the meanwhile hot or acid foods (juicy juices, pickles, etc.) should be avoided because they accentuate the sensation of wounds from the wound. Rinsing your mouth with sage tea will help with healing, and hydration is also essential, because if the mouth is dry the brackets are rubbing harder on your lips and cheeks, "says Dr. Mihaela Dan, orthodontist.
It is important to note that any discomfort that occurs in the first few days after fitting the dental appliance is only temporary and can be easily managed. Every person will react differently during this period, but knowing the situations that may occur and the ways in which they can be overcome, the accommodation with the dental device will be easier. Once the first week is over, the treatment will go much smoother, with all the chances that the patient even forgets to wear dental equipment!