INBRACE Aftercare Instructions

What to Expect

The adjustment period with INBRACE typically lasts for 2-3 weeks when the appliances are first placed. During this time your tongue will be adjusting to the new space in your mouth which can create a slight speech impediment temporarily. To overcome this, sing along with the radio, read aloud and just practice speaking generally.

The other discomfort patient’s experience with INBRACE is related to their tongue. It is normal that a patient may experience canker sores on their tongue as they “rub” the braces and wires. The tongue will toughen up to the braces as these canker sores heal but wax should be used to ease a patient’s discomfort during this time.

Over the counter pain medication can be taken for any tooth discomfort and all over the counter mouth rinses or oral relief aides are safe to use with INBRACE

Wax

Wax is used to provide comfort if/when the braces cause sores on a patient’s tongue. While wax will not inhibit the movement of the teeth, it should be used sparingly as the tongue needs to interact with the braces and wires to “toughen up” to create a better overall experience during treatment. With that said, wax should be used as the patient needs it to provide comfort directly related to discomfort as a result of the appliances.

To apply wax, ensure the area is as dry as possible and apply a pea-sized piece of wax to the bracket causing the discomfort. Wax should be removed prior to eating. Typically wax will stay in place until removed but will sometimes come off when eating or drinking. If a patient accidentally swallows the wax, it is no big deal, it is safe to swallow!

Brushing/Flossing

One of the benefits of the INBRACE Smartwire is that you can brush and floss normally. The Smartwires will however collect food that a normal brushing and flossing may not evacuate. A WaterPik/Water Flosser is an ideal addition to a patient’s hygiene products and routine. This will not only help to remove debris that gets caught in the Smartwires but along with flossing will help to maintain healthy gum tissue throughout treatment.

Food

During the first couple of weeks as a patient is adjusting to their appliances, they may find it easier to enjoy softer foods that don’t require a lot of chewing. As a patient adjusts, they can begin to incorporate foods they regularly enjoy with a few adjustments. The first adjustment is foods that have to be avoided. These foods are sticky, chewy, hard and crunchy foods. Examples of these types of foods are skittles, starburst, caramel, taffy, gum, beef jerky, ice, frozen candy, pretzels (hard, crunchy ones), kettle cooked chips, popcorn (the half-popped ones especially), almonds and other hard crunchy foods. The second adjustment that will need to be made is the way that a patient eats certain foods. These foods are hard foods that a patient is unable to bite right into with their front teeth. Examples of these types of foods are corn on the cob (cut off cob), apples (cut into bite sized pieces), meat on a bone (remove from the bone), raw vegetables (cute into bite-sized pieces), bagels and French bread (avoid using front teeth to tear these foods). All of these items can still be enjoyed during your treatment with minor adjustments.

Avoiding these foods is an imperative part of a patient’s success. Not following the food list can lead to broken brackets and wires which creates the inconvenience of an additional appointment and can possibly delay treatment progress.

Be Aware of Your Bite

In the beginning of treatment before your teeth start to move, you may feel yourself biting on your braces in different areas of your mouth. This is not ideal. To prevent this, your orthodontist may place something called Bite Turbos to open your bite and/or cushion your bite in certain areas until your teeth align enough to remove them. These can be done with various materials; some flexible and clear, some blue colored and some tooth colored. Be conscious of your bite and please let us know if you feel yourself biting on a bracket (brace) or your wire so we may adjust your Bite Turbos to prevent breakage that can slow your treatment down.

PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

You may be able to solve many braces problems temporarily by yourself until you schedule a repair appointment with our office. These problems need not cause delay in your treatment.

PROBLEM

HOME SOLUTION

LOOSE BRACKET If the bracket is still attached to your wire, leave it in place. If uncomfortable, place wax on it. If your bracket falls off completely, no need to save it as we will place a new bracket at the next visit.
LOOSE WIRE Try to place wire back in place with tweezers and into the slot with finger pressure until it clicks. If the loose wire presents you with any discomfort, place wax on it.
BROKEN/POKING WIRE Try to push the poking wire down an eraser. If it is causing irritation to your gum and or tongue, place a small ball of wax on it until you can schedule an appointment.
SORENESS Use warm saltwater rinses/Tylenol/Ibuprofen.

If you feel you are unable to handle a problem on your own, please contact our office.