Alida F., Elisa F., & Isabella F.
Wilk & Wilk Patients

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Life With Braces

What Can I Expect?

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Jothan S.
Wilk & Wilk Patient

Comfortable adjustments. Enjoyable appointments. Dramatic changes to your smile! The overall Wilk & Wilk experience with braces will be fun and very rewarding, but at first, there will be an initial adjustment period where your teeth, lips and cheeks may feel a little tender. In one to two weeks, this feeling will disappear as your lips and cheeks toughen up. Any local sore spots can be remedied by applying orthodontic wax or by rinsing with warm salt- water rinses. Generalized soreness that is more severe can be remedied by taking acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil®, Motrin®). The dramatic change in your smile that happens quickly at the beginning of treatment will quickly make you forget about any soreness!

As the teeth continue to straighten, they will start to feel loose, but this is a natural occurrence so no need to worry! Teeth always need to loosen first before they start to move.

Eating with Braces

Woman Holding a Teeth Sample

Desiree G.
Wilk & Wilk Patient

In order to prevent the braces from becoming dislodged from the teeth, it’s important to be careful with your food choices and to avoid certain foods that could damage your braces. In general, please eat softer foods and cut foods into smaller pieces so they reduce the pressure on braces during eating.

Foods to avoid with braces include sticky and chewy foods (caramel, gum, licorice, Skittles, Starbursts, Gummy Bears, etc), crunchy foods (popcorn, potato chips, ice), hard foods (nuts, hard candies), and sugary drinks that could cause tooth decay. Whole fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots should be cooked or cut into small pieces and eaten carefully. It’s also important to avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice, pens and pencils and avoid biting fingernails.

Take Care of Your Appliances and Follow Instructions

In order to achieve the best orthodontic result in the shortest period of time, it is essential that you take care of your orthodontic appliances. Damaged appliances can increase the length of your orthodontic treatment. In addition, please consistently wear any appliances (elastic rubber bands, retainers, etc.) as prescribed by Dr. Wilk.

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